Why are 30% of speciality training posts unfilled this year?
The number of unfilled vacancies in speciality training after the first round of recruitment increased by 30% this year, data from Health Education England shows.
In 2017, 908 of the 7487 training posts available were left unfilled after the first round of recruitment to first year speciality and core training. This is a 31% increase from 2016, when 693 of the 7366 available training posts were left unfilled at the same stage of the recruitment process.
Of the 908 unfilled posts, over 90% were in four specialities: general practice; core psychiatry training; acute care common stem (ACCS) acute medicine and core medical training; and paediatrics. General practice accounted for more than half of the unfilled vacancies.
What is the explanation for this data and what is to be done?