NHS struggles to recruit organ transplant surgeons

The
NHS is facing a recruitment crisis as junior doctors show a lack of interest in
organ transplant surgery, according to the BBC.

Radio
4’s Today programme claimed that Department of Health officials, senior
consultants, NHS managers and patient representatives have met to discuss the
problem.

Surgeons
are worried the shortages will lead to transplant organs being lost as there
are no doctors available to implant them.

John
Forsythe, vice-president of the British Transplantation Society, told the Today
programme: "We have been aware of a problem in recruitment for some time,
but it has been brought into sharp focus because of a realisation that jobs are
unfilled in some of the units in the UK.

"With
increased regulation to do with hours of work, the European Working Time
Directive and the new consultant contract, this problem is going to get
worse."

By Michael Millar

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