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Clinical oncology trainee numbers must double to fill workforce shortfall, says college

BMJ 2019; 364 doi: (Published 19 March 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;364:l1276
  1. Abi Rimmer
  1. The BMJ

The UK’s clinical oncology workforce is understaffed and shortfalls will continue to grow without investment in the specialty, the Royal College of Radiologists has warned.

The clinical oncology consultant workforce was short by 184 whole time equivalents (WTE), showed data from the college’s clinical oncology UK workforce census report for 2018, which gathered data from the UK’s 62 cancer centres.1 This could increase to 272 WTEs in 2023, it warned.

To rectify the shortfall, …

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