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Two thirds of unfilled consultant posts have no applicants, shows census

BMJ 2017; 358 doi: (Published 27 July 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;358:j3634
  1. Abi Rimmer
  1. BMJ Careers

The proportion of unfilled consultant vacancies that are due to a lack of applicants has doubled in eight years, reaching 65% in 2016, a census has found.

The survey,1 conducted on behalf of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow, and the Royal College of Physicians, was sent to all UK consultants and higher specialty trainees on 30 September 2016.

It found that 45% of advertised consultant posts …

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