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Physician vacancies are at highest level in almost a decade, colleges find

BMJ 2021; 375 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.n2810 (Published 16 November 2021) Cite this as: BMJ 2021;375:n2810
  1. Abi Rimmer
  1. The BMJ

The proportion of unfilled consultant physician posts across the UK is at its highest level in almost a decade, medical royal colleges have warned.

A census conducted by the Royal College of Physicians, the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow found that nearly half (48%, 855) of advertised consultant posts across the UK were unfilled last year, up from 36% in 2013.

Of the posts that went unfilled in the UK, almost half (49%, 419) were …

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