Respiratory medicine

WRT analysis has identified uncertainty about the future configuration of respiratory services and the impact of the chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) clinical strategy on the workforce. If consultants remain responsible for managing most of the patients, the increasing incidence of respiratory diseases will drive increasing demand for the specialist workforce. If this is the case, an increase in training numbers will be required. WRT therefore does not recommend changes to training numbers until more clarity exists about future service configuration.

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