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Not in my backyard: the state of Scottish academic paediatrics
  1. Ben C Reynolds,
  2. T James Beattie,
  3. Ian J Ramage
  1. Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Glasgow, UK
  1. Correspondence to:
    Ben C Reynolds
    Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Glasgow, UK; pinkdoc{at}doctors.org.uk

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The review of academic paediatrics by Winyard et al1 identifies an ongoing crisis in recruitment and retention. They seem cautiously optimistic that the introduction of Modernising Medical Careers (MMC) and its dedicated academic clinical fellowship (ACF) programme will halt this decline. We are concerned that the proposals will not be sufficient in Scotland.

Of the 50 ACF posts dedicated to paediatric/child health specialties in the first round, 40 were within London and South England deaneries. Only 10 cover the remainder of England, with all …

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