Hospital workforce: fit for the future?

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Hospital workforce: fit for the future? looks at the key challenges facing the medical workforce.

Key recommendations

It finds that:

  • There is significant geographical variation in the number of consultants per head of the population across the country; there are also variations among specialties.
  • There are not enough doctors with the skills to care for frail older patients.
  • The workload of the medical registrar is increasingly unmanageable.

 Hear about the key findings from the project from the report authors:

  • Dr Andrew Goddard, director of medical workforce unit, RCP and consultant gastroenterologist
  • Dr Ella Chaudhuri, co-author of Medical registrar: Empowering the unsung heroes of patient care and medical registrar
  • Dr Sarah Logan co-author of Medical registrar: Empowering the unsung heroes of patient care and medical registrar
  • Dr Nicola Mason co-author of Medical registrar: Empowering the unsung heroes of patient care and medical registrar

The report concludes that there needs to be a rethink of the skills in which doctors are trained, in order to better meet patients’ needs; while the role of the medical registrar and the esteem in which it is held must be reassessed and better valued.

View our series of videos about this report.