Welsh hospitals are understaffed and overstretched. Over two-thirds of trainees report regular and frequent rota gaps, almost one-third of advertised consultant posts go unfilled, and absence due to sickness is rising. As 120 doctors and health professionals gather today (Thursday 9 May) in Deeside for the Royal College of Physician’s (RCP) second north Wales conference, the college has published a new report which showcases several innovative case studies and suggests how things could be improved in the future.
RCP senior censor and vice president (education and training) Dr Emma Vaux explains the RCP’s new Code of Conduct, which had its first viewing at our 500th anniversary celebration on 23 September, and launched in full on 6 November.
White trainee doctors are applying for fewer consultant posts at the end of their training than black and minority ethnic trainees, but are more likely to be shortlisted and offered a post according to a survey reporting the experiences of CCT holders.