Exclusive: One in seven medical consultants has not completed specialist training

Figures provided by the Medical Council show that 650 active medical consultants - out of 4,373 - said they were not on its specialist register in 2015

Susan Mitchell

Deputy Editor and Health Editor @susmitchellsbp
15th April, 2018

One in seven medical consultants employed across public and private hospitals have not completed specialist training in medicine or surgery, a staggering statistic that healthcare experts believe is exposing patients to “potentially grave risks”.

Figures provided by the Medical Council show 650 active medical consultants - out of 4,373 - said they were not on its specialist register in 2015.

The number has been increasing significantly in recent years, with hospitals struggling to recruit and retain...

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