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Rota gaps, retirement and the risk to patient safety: how junior doctors are keeping the NHS afloat

The Royal College of Physicians (RCP) Cymru Wales will be launching a major new report on junior doctor wellbeing at our north Wales spring conference on Thursday 09 May 2019.

In north Wales in 2018, only 43% of advertised consultant posts were filled. As 120 doctors and health professionals gather in Deeside for the RCP’s second north Wales conference, the RCP is publishing new brand-new data on the medical workforce. As the medical recruitment crisis worsens, this new report showcases several innovative case studies and suggests how the NHS could recruit and retain more hospital doctors in Wales.

 

Other findings include:

 

  • 37% of consultant physicians in Wales are likely to retire within the next decade.
  • 20% of consultant physicians say that rota gaps are causing significant problems with patient safety.
  • 70% of medical registrars encounter frequent rota gaps.
  • 74% of medical registrars say that their work–life balance is the first thing to suffer.