Daily Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - DR MIRIAM STOPPARD -

The UK needs 700 more pae­di­atric con­sul­tants to avoid ser­vices be­com­ing un­safe and doc­tors risk­ing burnout, the Royal Col­lege of Pae­di­atrics and Child Health has warned.

In an au­dit re­port on chil­dren’s health ser­vices, the col­lege called for an in­crease of 752 full-time equiv­a­lent pae­di­atric con­sul­tants.

It rec­om­mended 520-540 ex­tra con­sul­tants in Eng­land, 84-110 in Scot­land, 84-91 in Wales, and 30-31 in North­ern Ire­land.

In an ac­com­pa­ny­ing sur­vey car­ried out among 56 pae­di­atric clin­i­cal direc­tors, only 16 of them – that’s 29% – said that a con­sul­tant was present at their hospi­tal at the week­end dur­ing peak ac­tiv­ity pe­ri­ods. This should be a cause for great con­cern.

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