The British Medical Association has renewed its call for the Department of Health to take 'immediate action' over a 'shortage' of consultant posts for trained obstetricians and gynaecologists. It says there will be about 500 doctors holding a certificate of specialist training by 2001, but only 50 consultant vacancies a year. The call follows preliminary research from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, which is surveying junior doctors with the certificates about their plans. Just over 80 per cent of respondents are planning to leave or have already left the NHS because of problems obtaining a consultant post.