More funding for the NHS. Welcome, but …

More doctors will only help if they are distributed across the country and not just sucked into the Golden Triangle of Oxford, Cambridge and London, and they also need to go to the specialties where they are needed -psychiatry, geriatric medicine, acute medicine, general practice. I think we need to look at incentives to distribute staff both geographically and into shortage specialties. As someone who worked as a consultant for 30 years in the north, and is currently on a Trust board in the north, I know first-hand about the inequitable distribution of staff .


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