United Kingdom

  • S. Birch
  • A. Maynard
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The objective of this paper is to appraise critically post-war medical manpower planning in the United Kingdom. Manpower planning should be distinguished at the outset from manpower forecasting. The latter refers to predicting, other things being equal, the future value of a variable, e.g. the future stock of doctors or the future demand for doctors. Planning, on the other hand, is concerned with the manipulation of policy instruments, i.e. other things are not equal over the forecasting period, in order to affect the future stock of doctors. The need for planning arises out of the possibility that future demand will not be met by future supply. Policy decisions by manpower planners are therefore dependent on forecasts of the supply of and demand for future manpower.


National Health Service Population Projection Royal Commission General Medical Council Female Doctor 
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  • A. Maynard

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