It would seem the medical workforce in Russia may be due for reform on several fronts, according to two news items in the BMJ. Four Moscow doctors have been accused of plotting to murder a seriously injured patient for his kidneys, and half of the country’s doctors may be sacked if radical draft legislation aimed at improving the quality of care is passed. A third of Russia’s 1.6 million beds would be scrapped, thousands of specialist posts cancelled and more doctors encouraged to become GPs.
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