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Junior doctor contract is making paediatric rotas more difficult to fill, finds survey

BMJ 2017; 358 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.j3471 (Published 18 July 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;358:j3471
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. The BMJ

Two thirds (67%) of directors responsible for paediatric staffing in the UK have said that the new contract for junior doctors has had a negative effect on filling rotas, a survey has found.

One respondent to the survey from the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health said, “The impact of the contract is to make working hours and conditions less attractive and therefore likely to deter doctors from wanting to enter the specialty of paediatrics.”

Of the 211 inpatient paediatric and neonatal units in the UK, clinical directors or workforce leads from 132 responded to the college’s seventh survey on rota gaps …

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