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Clinical Assistants In Anaesthetics

Merlin Marshall
The British Medical Journal
Vol. 4, No. 5836 (Nov. 11, 1972), pp. 42-43
Published by: BMJ
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/25423583
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Abstract

About 200,000 anaesthetics a year are given by clinical assistants. Replies to a questionnaire, which elicited an 80% response from 182 hospital groups in England and Wales, showed that 462 clinical assistants were employed for 1,040 routine sessions. Most of these clinical assistants were general practitioners and 131 of them women. In 15 non-psychiatric hospitals they covered 20% or more of the routine work while in many psychiatric hospitals 100% of anaesthetics for routine electric convulsion therapy were carried out by clinical assistants. Official recognition should, I believe, be given to the work of clinical assistants, which implies recognizing the need for a permanent part-time subconsultant grade.

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