Chemical pathology - MAC exclusion report September 2009

Specialist numbers in the chemical pathology medical workforce are not forecast to increase and with the current numbers of trainees in the system, estimated workforce requirements will not be met. However, there is a lack of consultant posts rather than a lack of applicants. At the present time, there are more registrars in training than there are consultant posts, and this situation is likely to continue in the short to medium term. Therefore, the use of overseas recruitment is no longer a sensible mitigating strategy for alleviating service shortages in this area

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