Paediatrician shortage is putting child services at risk, warns college

BMJ 2016; 352 doi: (Published 07 March 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;352:i1348
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. London

A shortage of paediatricians could put the health of children at risk, a report from the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health has warned.

The college’s latest workforce survey report, published on 7 March, found that increasing numbers of trainee paediatricians were opting to take time out of clinical training to take part in research, while others were taking parental leave.1

These changing patterns of work meant that many more doctors would need to be recruited to the specialty to ensure …

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