UK anaesthetist workforce is expanding too slowly, warn experts

BMJ 2016; 353 doi: (Published 13 June 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;353:i3308
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. London

The rate at which consultant anaesthetists are joining the NHS workforce needs to double to meet growing demand and ensure that safe care of patients is maintained, the Royal College of Anaesthetists has said in a new report.

On 12 June the college published its Medical Workforce Census Report 2015,1 in which it made stark warnings about gaps in rotas, vacancies, and the ageing workforce.

For the report the college gathered data from every anaesthetic department across the United Kingdom and found that in 2015 there were 7422 consultants and 2033 staff and associate specialist (SAS) and trust grade doctors. The data showed that the total number of consultants …

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