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Health & Fitness North Wales has second worst ratio of patients per senior doctor in the UK

07:50  21 october  2019
07:50  21 october  2019 Source:   msn.com

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North Wales has the second worst ratio of patients per senior doctor in the UK, it has been revealed.

A recent census carried out by the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) found only 126 senior doctors were working in North Wales last year.

That works out as one full-time consultant for every 5,757 patients  - the second highest ratio in the UK.

The college warned that there simply aren’t enough doctors to treat the number of people in need.

The North Wales figure is more than double the lowest ratio seen in south London - that is 2,724 patients per consultant.

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Across the UK as a whole, there are 4,390 people per consultant - putting North Wales ratio more than 30% higher than the UK average.

Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board say although recruiting senior doctors is a "national issue", it is particularly difficult in rural areas.

A spokeswoman for BCUHB, said: "We are working hard to promote our health board and North Wales as a great place to train, work and live.

"Over the last 12 months we have successfully recruited 100 more medical and dental staff to come and work for us than we have lost for reasons such as retirement.

"The difficulty in recruiting senior doctors is a national issue, and in particular in rural areas such as North Wales."

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Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have a different system, using health boards, which have no such split. “If the 21 countries were a football league then the UK would be in the relegation zone in terms of the resources we put into our healthcare system, as measured by staff, equipment and beds

RCP president professor Andrew Goddard added another "major part of the problem" stems from medical schools not having enough places to offer.

"The sheer dearth of senior doctors in some areas of the UK goes to the heart of the crisis facing our NHS: there simply aren’t enough doctors to treat the number of people in need.

"There simply aren’t enough doctors to treat the number of people in need.

"A major part of the problem stems from the fact that medical schools don’t have enough places to offer those who are keen to study the subject.

"We’re calling on the government to double the number of medical students."

To help with recruitment, BCUHB has now developed a medical careers website that aims to promote the region as a place for doctors to work.

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General practitioners have an important role in looking after patients in their homes and within the communities where they live. This is becoming more important with terminally ill patients often choosing to stay at home. have less say in the way a practice is run. can change jobs fairly easily.

"We have taken an innovative approach to develop new medical job roles," the spokeswoman added.

"One example of this is within Emergency Medicine and Anaesthetics where candidates, through our Mountain Medicine Clinical Fellow Scheme, are offered unique opportunities to combine their role in one of our acute hospitals with work for EMRTS or the Wales Air Ambulance.

"To strengthen our recruitment efforts we are continuing to review the way we advertise and recruit the best doctors to work in North Wales."

A Department of Health and Social Care spokesman added: "The NHS has more consultants now than at any time in its history, with over 17,300 more doctors working in the NHS since 2010.

"We also have record numbers of doctors in undergraduate training.

"The upcoming People Plan will address how we can ensure all NHS services have access to the doctors they need, including a national programme to tackle geographic and specialty shortages in medicine."

For more information  visit the BCUHB careers website.

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