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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.