Medical Recruitment Crisis in Wales

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A recent disturbing report from reveals the devastating effect poor medical training is having in attracting young doctors to practice in Wales.

A recent report published at shows the damage caused to the Welsh NHS Healthcare system in the past 2 years following a decline in the availability of training for young doctors. The General Medical Council (GMC) conducted a survey in Wales revealing that many junior doctors are being left to work alone by senior doctors and staff.

“As a professional cleaning company we know how important maintaining a strong workforce and staff is. Without the right people in place, the standards tend to drop. The hospitals in Wales are known to have long waiting times. I’m not surprised it’s down to low recruitment levels. I really hope they can solve whatever is going wrong. We need our hospitals to be calm restful, and clean places to get better in when ill. Not full of stressed busy doctors rushing about,” said Sarah Stocks of KL Cleaning Service -

The report goes on to reveal that there are on average 50+ Doctor vacancies available across every hospital in Wales. This comes despite a renewed vigour from the Welsh NHS Confederation who recently redesigned their website to attract more young doctors to the country. Perception may be the problem according to Health Systems with many young medical professionals viewing Wales as less exciting and slower than a hospital placement might be in London or Manchester.

Surgeons in Wales themselves seem to adhere to the ‘perception’ assumption of the report with one quoted as saying that young doctors may not feel welcome in Wales owing to a stereotype of the Welsh looking after their own.

“We know how important proper training is to challenging professions like the medical sector. We constantly work with young people trying to meet their potential every week and so we know how crucial training opportunities are for them to meet their professional goals and responsibilities. If the relevant hospitals concerned are unable to offer the training and experience required it is no surprise new doctors will look elsewhere,” sand Amit Gadhia of Tutor Doctor -

The report continues to assert that the Welsh problem may be symptomatic of a larger issue covering the UK: that of a general medical recruitment problem covering many areas including emergency services. Isolated areas of Great Britain suffer from a lack of adequately trained medical professionals with emergency medicine recruitment also suffering.

The conclusion is that in the long term, patient lives are at risk unless something is done quickly.

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SOURCE: Health Systems: Research & Counselling

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