Running out of Doctors

The British Medical Association claims to have uncovered department of health data that shows that there was a shortfall of 3,000 junior doctors at the end of 2008.  Two factors are being blamed for this, changes to immigration legislation that prevents people from outside the EU coming to train as doctors and also the European Working Time Directive which prevents junior doctors from working more than 48 hours per week.

If this is true I am unimpressed by the capacity planning and recruitment processes in the NHS.  A spreadsheet and a little fore thought may well have solved the problem.  Am I being harsh?

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