Plans to transform mental health services in England will fail if the rise in unfilled NHS psychiatrist posts continues, the profession is warning.
The number of vacancies has doubled in six years – and is particularly marked in children’s services, says the Royal College of Psychiatrists.
One in 10 consultant posts – 568 out of 5,730 – is vacant, up from one in 20 in 2013, a census by the college suggests.
The government pledged an extra £2.3bn a year by 2023-4 to improve care.
The college told the Victoria Derbyshire programme the vacancy rates amount to 9.9% in England, 9.7%, in Scotland, 7.5% in Northern Ireland and 12.7% in Wales. The overall UK rate is 9.6%.
It described the figures as alarming at a time of soaring demand