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Growing gaps in paediatric rotas threaten children’s healthcare, says royal college

BMJ 2016; 354 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i4495 (Published 16 August 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;354:i4495
  1. Ingrid Torjesen
  1. London

Paediatricians are calling for an urgent increase in training numbers and for consultant service redesign because UK paediatric services have been struggling with growing gaps in staff rotas.

More than half of paediatric services in the UK were not staffed to recommended levels, shows the latest workforce survey, published on 16 August by the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health. Services were struggling to cope with rising numbers of vacant posts and had to rely on consultants to cover gaps in rotas because they could not get locum cover.1

The survey adds to mounting evidence of the growing crisis affecting the medical workforce. In June a report from the Royal College of Anaesthetists …

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