Emergency admissions to hospital – House of Commons [UK] Committee of Public Accounts – 24 February 2014
“The Rt Hon Margaret Hodge MP, Chair of the Committee of Public Accounts, today said:
“Any attempt to improve emergency admissions services in the NHS is being completely stymied by the chronic shortage of specialist A&E consultants.
Nearly one fifth of consultant posts in emergency departments were either vacant or filled by locums in 2012.
There are also major problems in training enough doctors in emergency medicine. In 2012, only 18.5% of first year of higher training posts were filled.
What we found amazing is that neither the Department nor NHS England has a clear strategy to tackle the shortage of A&E consultants.
With many hospitals struggling to fill vacant posts for A&E consultants, there is too much reliance on temporary staff to fill gaps. This is expensive and just does not offer the same quality of service.”
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