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Sick children’s wellbeing ‘compromised’ by shortage of NHS staff | The Independent

‘After seven years of Tory mismanagement our health services are dangerously understaffed,’ says shadow health secretary Jonathan Ashworth

Specialist children’s wards are being forced to shut in NHS hospitals due to a severe shortage of doctors, “jeopardising” the health of vulnerable young patients, paediatricians have warned.

Dozens of paediatric units and hundreds of beds were temporarily closed in the space of a year, with children sent away to other hospitals to receive care, according to the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH).

Urgent action from the Government is needed to recruit more child health specialists, said Neena Modi, the college’s president. Paediatricians are filling rota gaps by performing the jobs of two or three doctors at once, she warned, meaning “the quality of care people want to deliver is being compromised”.

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