Paediatrics to be included on Shortage Occupation List

The Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) has recommended that all medical practitioners be placed on the Shortage Occupation List - a real achievement for the College which has repeatedly requests that paediatrics be fully included on the list in all 4 countries in the UK.

You can read the College’s submission to the most recent MAC review.

We now urge the Government to take swift action to implement this recommendation in order to mitigate the crisis of recruitment and retention across the NHS. In our Workforce census 2017 overview report, we calculated that demand for the number of whole time equivalent paediatric consultants was 21% greater than those currently working in the UK.

The MAC also recommends that nursing is included on the list - something which the RCPCH fully supports. The development of Advanced Nurse Practitioners is crucial for child health services.

Despite this progress, there do remain concerns about other barriers for non-EEA (European Economic Area) doctors, including the NHS surcharge which could deter medical professionals from working in the UK, as reported in the Guardian.