Childrens healthcare at breaking point warn doctors

first_imgChildren’s healthcare across the UK is at “breaking point” because of increasing staff shortages in paediatric departments, leading doctors have said as they warn the number of units may have to reduce.The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH)  says healthcare for children is “starting to move backwards” and that more than half of paediatric units are now not meeting recommended staffing standards. There is no escaping the fact that an increase in junior and consultant posts is urgently neededDr Simon Clark, Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health In a report published today, the body reveals that an average shortage of up to 20 per cent of experienced junior doctors is meaning consultants increasingly have to step in to provide unplanned cover in addition to performing their own roles.The royal college said there are currently too many units attempting to deliver every kind of paediatric service, and that provision needs to be reorganised so there are fewer units which offer more specialised care.Dr Simon Clark, workforce officer at the RCPCH, said: “The paediatric workforce is at breaking point and children’s healthcare is increasingly being compromised.“There is no escaping the fact that an increase in junior and consultant posts is urgently needed, coupled with a radical re-design of services.”A Department of Health spokesman said the NHS had recruited 9,100 extra doctors and 11,200 more nurses since May 2010.center_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img

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