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The impact of not having enough staff is exhausting and detrimental to patient care

BMJ 2017; 357 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.j2337 (Published 16 May 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;357:j2337
  1. Emma Parish, speciality trainee in paediatrics
  1. ejparish{at}hotmail.co.uk

Looking at the State of Child Health report, it’s hard not to suggest that paediatrics lacks the appeal it once had

Recently I was at a conference discussing joy at work. This was at the same time as the State of Child Health report was released by the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH). Joyful it is not.

The report charts the lie of the land when it comes to the UK paediatric workforce. In good news, the consultant workforce grew by 7.5% (3718 to 3996 consultants from 2013 to 2015), but that seems to be the only bit of growth, and it will soon be stunted. In the same time period, the number of specialty and associate specialists fell by 12.5%. Applications for year 1 specialty training in paediatrics fell by 27.5% between 2015 to 2017. This record low …

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