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Worries over loss of trainee doctors

25 April, 2007


Sinn Féin Health Spokesperson Caral Ní Chuilín said that she is concerned by a new report from the BMA which found that more than half of trainee doctors are ready to leave the NHS if they fail to get a training post.

Ms Ní Chuilín said:

"In BMA study more than half of trainee doctors said they are ready to leave the NHS if they fail to get a training post. This is obviously very worrying. It is estimated that there are over 34,000 trainees chasing 18,500 posts. The BMA have now asked for an urgent meeting with Health Secretary Patricia Hewitt the situation is that serious.

"We cannot afford to lose young doctors because of a failure to put in place the proper training structures. The health service is already struggling to cope with the demands placed on them .Many hospitals are finding it hard to get doctors and consultants to fill posts on an ongoing basis.

"This is resulting in longer waiting lists, patients suffering because they are not getting the treatment they need and staff being put under pressure. It is time for this issue to be fully addressed to ensure that we don't lose many of our talented young doctors." ENDS

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