Training 'fails to meet needs' of young doctors

Flexible training opportunities are failing to meet young doctors' needs, the president of the Medical Women's Federation (MWF) has said.

Only 2,500 trainees have a flexible part-time post, representing 5.5 per cent of the trainee workforce, and 96 per cent of these trainees are women.

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

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

The biannual 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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