BAPRAS statement on the results of the UK Surgical Workforce Census Report
18th January 2024
Today, RCS England published their UK Surgical Workforce Census Report. The report highlights key challenges facing surgical teams and aims to inform workforce planning.
In response to the report, BAPRAS President Mani Ragbir commented:
“Despite the stressful conditions in the NHS, the dedication of the workforce is clear to see – with the report showing that 67% of consultants have been working beyond their paid hours.
“It is extremely concerning – yet unsurprising – that in such an environment, so many senior consultants are considering retirement and trainees are not getting enough clinical opportunities; this does not augur well for the experience of clinicians or patient care of the future.
“With the current wait list pressures, it is plainly imperative to improve access to operating theatres.
“Whilst HEE has increased the number of medical school places, they have not done so for surgical training posts. So, although we welcome more doctors into the workforce, a higher number of surgeons are key in tackling the waiting lists.
“We are, however, pleased that plastic and reconstructive surgery is leading the way amongst all the specialties in regards to the highest proportion of female consultants amongst the profession – and we are working hard to continue to attract female talent into surgery as a whole.”
BAPRAS conducts their own annual plastic surgery workforce planning survey. The results showcase a snapshot of the NHS plastic surgery workforce at 31 December on a given year.
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