Published: 18/04/2002, Volume II2, No. 5801 Page 8

The predicted excess of qualified trainee obstetricians and gynaecologists has turned into a shortage after three successive years of cuts in training places, the Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology has warned.Training posts were cut from 1998-99. At the same time, the NHS appointed more consultants and the excess never materialised.Already there are insufficient junior doctors to cover the wards and this will feed into a shortage of consultants in two years' time, says RCOG.

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