Flexible training failing to meet doctors' needs

Flexible training opportunities are failing to meet young doctors' needs, the president of the Medical Women's Federation said last week.

Only 2,500 trainees have a flexible part-time post, representing 5.5% of the trainee workforce, 96% of them women.

Yet a study by the Royal College of Physicians showed that 70% of trainee women doctors envisaged working part-time.

‘I believe there is unmet demand,’ Dr Helen Goodyear said. ‘Many are put off before they get as far as the deanery, so it is important to change attitudes.’

The bi-annual survey of less-than-full-time training showed that most deaneries appear to be meeting visible demand.

In Northern Ireland extra funds from the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety have led to an increase in flexible training places.

prisca.middlemiss@haymarket.com

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