BMA claims medical teaching is in terminal decline

There
has been a ‘startling’ decline in the number of people teaching tomorrow’s
doctors, despite the record numbers of medical students.

The
British Medical Association (BMA) claims the number of lecturer posts has
fallen by more than 30 per cent in the past three years compared with a 12 per
cent overall reduction in academic staff.

Michael
Rees, chair of the BMA’s medical academic staff committee said: "This is
quite startling when you consider the increase in the number of medical
students.

"We
have been saying for years that medical academic recruitment is in crisis – now
it is almost terminal," he said.

By Michael Millar

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