Scotland: shortage of paediatric doctors endangering children’s health

11 April 2019

A shortage of paediatric doctors is putting children at risk, warns a new report from the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH).

It said that the workforce is on the verge of a recruitment crisis, with the biggest shortfall among general paediatricians.

The report made a number of recommendations, including extra child health training for GPs and the introduction of pay bonuses to attract paediatricians, especially in remote or rural areas.

Professor Steve Turner, RCPCH officer for Scotland, said: ‘The reality is that we are seeing vacancies and gaps in rotas across Scotland, especially outside of the central belt.

‘Failing to take the necessary steps now will be to the detriment of our children both today and in the future.’

The Scottish Government said that work was under way to help address recruitment and retention challenges.

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