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Shortfall in number of children's doctors

Shortfall in number of children's doctors A shortfall in the number of children’s junior doctors in the UK should act as a “wake-up call”, the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health says. Their study reveals children’s units are struggling to fill nearly one in five places on their rotas. “Large gaps in the workforce have a serious impact on doctors and vital hospital services,” said RCPCH’s Dr Simon Clark. Almost 90% of children’s units are concerned about how they will cope. The latest figures are based on an annual…

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Children 'exercise less as they get older'

Children 'exercise less as they get older' The number of children doing an hour of exercise a day falls by nearly 40% between the ages of five and 12. Figures suggest that by the final year of primary school, just 17% of pupils are doing the recommended 60 minutes of physical activity every day. A spokesman for Public Health England described the drop in activity levels as “concerning”. More than a third of children in England are overweight by the time they leave primary school. A new survey from Public…

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