With no data to go on, the British Medical Association has called for more independent academic medical research.
With no evidence that the NHS needs to rely on the credentials of academics for its medical advice, a survey of academics suggests that there is an opportunity to help the NHS get the most out of its healthcare system.
The BMA says it is calling on the government to set up an independent body to provide advice on how to best recruit, train and retain staff, so that the country can meet its national health objectives.
The organisation says the National Academic Health Service Commission, set up by the government in 2012, needs to be expanded to include the medical profession and help identify the most qualified applicants.
The government has been unable to meet its target of increasing the number of medical graduates by 20% a year by 2020, it says.
It has previously set a target of raising the number to 60% by 2020.
A report published in March by the BMA and its affiliate, the Society of Royal Society of Medicine (SRSOM), found that the government’s commitment to increase the number and quality of medical students is unlikely to meet the 2020 target.
The report found that it was impossible to recruit enough graduates to meet that target, and that recruitment would take up too much time and would increase the risk of understaffing.
It said the number would need to be increased by 20%, which it said would not be possible without significant change to the way the NHS recruited and retained staff.
The number of people in general practice has been falling for decades, as doctors move to other areas of the NHS.
In the past five years, the number in general practices has fallen by 8% compared to the previous five years.
The findings suggest that the number is not growing as fast as the government wants it to.
The SRSOM report found the number, by itself, does not suggest that there needs to have more students in general practise, or that it is necessary to recruit them, since there is a huge amount of work that goes into training new graduates.
But, said the report, if it is too difficult to attract students, the recruitment of new graduates will become less effective and could cause a shortage of doctors, which could in turn lead to fewer doctors being hired.
The lack of data is a concern for some academics, who say the government should take more of an interest in what is going on with the number at general practice, which is currently around 3,000.
Dr Roberta Lacey, a former director of the Institute of Medicine, says the lack of evidence from the NHS on whether it needs to recruit more medical graduates is a big issue for the medical sector.
She said there is not enough evidence to be able to say whether the number could be increased to meet national health targets.
Dr Lacey said the problem is compounded by the fact that the average number of students in a general practice is around 10,000, and there is no guarantee that the new recruits will be better suited to that profession.
Dr Rupa Chakrabortty, an assistant professor of medical sociology at the University of Oxford, said she would not want to see the NHS rely on an academic to advise on the selection of patients.
She told News24 that a medical school would be better than an academic.
“It is a lot easier for a doctor to do a clinical trial, which takes a lot of time and a lot more money, than to do an academic paper on the same topic,” she said.
Dr Chakrabetty said the government has not had enough evidence on how best to recruit and retain doctors.
The NAMA survey found that a large proportion of doctors have had no experience in the field of medical research and are very concerned about the impact of the increasing number of university graduates on the NHS’s future finances.
Dr David Tewksbury, chief executive of the National Association of Clinical Research Directors (NACRD), said the NACRD supports the NHS to continue to recruit, retain and train new doctors, but said there were issues with the way universities were being selected.
“If the government really wants to achieve its goal of having 20% of doctors in general hospitals by 2020 and the NHS is relying on the best and brightest of the best to do the work, then the NHS should recruit, recruit and train the best,” he said.
“But it should also have the confidence to have an academic look at the recruitment and retention process.”
We have to understand the impact that the graduates are having on the system.
We can’t have this kind of chaos in the system.
“The NACDD is urging the government and NHS to set out a clear strategy to recruit the best doctors and ensure they are recruited at the right level, while ensuring that their roles are aligned with their clinical expertise.
Dr Tewsbury said the NHS has to take a holistic