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Almost half of junior doctors left NHS after their foundation years training

Almost half of all junior doctors are opting not to continue their training in the NHS, threatening a “disaster” that senior medics fear will worsen the service’s shortage of frontline clinicians.

This year only 52% of junior doctors who finished the two-year foundation training after medical school chose to stay in the NHS and work towards becoming a GP or specialist – the lowest proportion in the health service’s history and down from 71.3% as recently as 2011.

The official figures reveal sharp rises in the number of junior doctors shunning the NHS and opting instead to work in academia, as a locum medic or simply taking a career break.

The extra pressure on NHS staff created by the growing demand for patient care, disenchantment among junior doctors, and an increasing trend towards gap years are all being blamed for the trend.

“To see such a large number of doctors leave the NHS in such early stages of their careers is incredibly worrying, and can only worsen the recruitment crisis we are already seeing in many parts of our NHS, such as A&E,” said Dr Johann Malawana, chair of the British Medical Association’s junior doctors committee.

“The government must focus on ensuring we have the valued and motivated workforce needed to meet rising demand across the country, as to lose any more doctors in the early stages of their careers would be a disaster for the NHS”.

Read more in The Guardian.

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One Response to “Almost half of junior doctors left NHS after their foundation years training”

  1. wm says:

    so doctors do not want crap jobs with crap pay and crap prospects – well there’s a revelation!

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