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Consultant workforce shortages and solutions

The NHS workforce faces a perfect storm of consultants choosing to retire earlier, a significant proportion approaching retirement age and a growing trend of younger doctors walking away from their career.

Covid-19 added significant additional pressure on the workforce with doctors working long hours, in new settings, while risking their own lives. Now the NHS is facing a growing backlog of unmet need on top of the existing staffing and resourcing shortages. This report sets out the actions that the government and employers need to take, now and in the future, to ensure consultants are retained in the NHS.