Saturday, April 21, 2007

Bonfire Arithmetic

Question 1.

a) Country A has 34,250 junior doctors looking for training posts. There are 18,500 training posts. How many junior doctors will not find posts?
5 marks

b) Each doctor costs the taxpayers of Country A £250,000 to train. How much money has been wasted if the surplus doctors are shipped overseas to work for nothing?
5 marks

Model Answer

a) 15,750 junior doctors will not find posts (= 34,250 minus 18,500). The answer of 10,000 given by Sian Thomas, deputy director of NHS Employers, is incorrect.
b) £3,937,500,000 (£3.9375 bn) has been wasted (= 15,750 times £250,000)

If you got both parts right, you should apply for Commissar Hewitt's job.

As quickly as possible.

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