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NHS facing “critical” shortage of lung specialists this winter, professional body warns

BMJ 2019; 367 doi: (Published 04 December 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;367:l6805
  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. The BMJ

A “critical” shortage of lung specialists may leave the NHS struggling to cope with a spike in hospital admissions related to complications of pneumonia and flu this winter, the British Thoracic Society (BTS) has warned.

At its winter meeting this week (taking place 4-6 December), the society presented results from a survey it conducted of almost 250 UK NHS respiratory specialists. Some 83% of respondents (199) thought respiratory healthcare staff shortages would impair the ability of the NHS to cope with the increase in lung disease hospital admissions this winter.

The society said the results were particularly concerning …

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