Is there ageism in the NHS?

Doctors come in all shapes and sizes, and nowadays they come in all ages too, as the latest figures from the NHS show. With more students than even opting into a medical career, the majority of trainee doctors are under the age of 30, with nearly a quarter of all medical and dental staff in this age group as they study medicine straight from college or sixth form. However, the majority of NHS workers across the country are aged between 35 and 54, with this age group occupying half of the workforce in all regions. This could be due to the additional numbers of years that medical students spend on their degrees, so they are naturally older once they enter the profession, with the average age for doctors (both men and women) being 43.

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