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07 February 2017

Haematology trainees are finding it increasingly easy to obtain consultant posts - but less so if they are from ethnic minorities, according to a new survey.

The Royal College of Physicians survey found that 63% of doctors with a certificate of completion of training in medical specialisms obtained substantive consultant posts last year. This proportion was echoed among haematologists - 63.6% found consultant jobs.

Another 22% of haematologists went on to take up locum jobs while 4.5% took parental leave.

The total for medical specialists compared with 56% in 2013 - and may reflect shortages of consultants, according to the RCP report.

The survey found relatively high numbers of research appointments among haematologists. Some 9% took up fellowships.

The survey found a huge difference in achievement between doctors of white British origin and those from other ethnic groups after gaining the certificate.

Some 23.8% of non-white, non-British doctors were offered substantive consultant posts compared with 55% of white British doctors.

The survey also finds falling levels of satisfaction with the quality of training. In 2010, some 78% of doctors reported being 'very well trained' in their medical specialism - and this fell to 63.7% last year.

The report says that satisfaction with general medical training has remained high, backed by the increasing use of 'acting up' during post-take ward rounds. About two thirds of general medicine trainees had experienced this - and almost all recommended the process.

The report says: 'This opportunity should clearly be made available to all trainees in general medicine.'

The increase in available substantive posts led to a reduction in the number of doctors having to take locum posts in most specialties, the survey found. The exception was genito-urinary medicine, a specialism largely funded from public health budgets and where very few substantive posts were offered.

Some 354 doctors took part in the survey from the specialisms covered by the college, including 22 haematologists.


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