Workforce planning has been plunged into 'disarray' by 'recent government policies' that show an 'arrogant' disregard of the views of consultants, Royal College of Surgeons president Bernard Ribeiro was due to say yesterday.

Workforce planning has been plunged into 'disarray' by 'recent government policies' that show an 'arrogant' disregard of the views of consultants, Royal College of Surgeons president Bernard Ribeiro was due to say yesterday.

Mr Ribeiro was due to tell an audience of NHS leaders that the 'professionalism' of surgeons is being 'undermined by a target-driven culture' that distorts clinical priorities and damages patient care.

'Many of the government's healthcare reforms are well intentioned, but its determination to change, change, change - and to rush that change, too - is leading to instability and a distortion of clinical priorities,' he was due to say.

He pointed out that the Department of Health's modernising medical careers policy had the potential to leave 4,000 senior house officers 'stranded'. He said this was 'a moral disgrace' and 'a waste of taxpayers' money'.