Paediatric shortages pose ‘significant risk’ to children, college warns

Unfilled paediatric training posts pose a “significant risk” to children, young people, and their families, a royal college has warned.

New data shared with HSJ has revealed the extent of workforce shortages experienced by paediatric services across the country.

The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health’s workforce census – which collected data from all 191 organisations providing paediatric services in the UK – found 84 per cent of 166 respondents who answered this question felt staffing gaps posed a risk to services and children.*

The RCPCH estimated 850 more paediatric consultants need to be recruited in the UK to meet service demand.


Full story on HSJ, 31 January 2019