Funding has been made available by DH for more consultant posts in paediatrics, and these posts, along with service reconfiguration will provide an improved and sustainable service. In the short- term however, there are still difficulties in filling training posts. WRT consider it sensible to alleviate this short to medium term shortage through the recruitment of overseas trainees. Overseas recruitment is a viable way to fill higher specialist training posts and will alleviate shortages. These shortages should be viewed as short term, and reviewed regularly in respect of the shortage list.