Growing gaps in children’s doctor workforce revealed in new report New figures published by the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) highlight an urgent and growing problem in the paediatric workforce. Prior to reaching consultant level, children’s doctors train for around eight years. The RCPCH study shows that almost 1 in 5 of paediatric trainee positions are currently vacant even though trainees themselves report high levels of enthusiasm for the speciality. Even more alarming is that this figure jumps to nearly 1 in 4 in more senior trainee positions and almost 90% of children’s units express concern over how they will cope over the coming six months.
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