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Hospital turns to overseas doctors to plug shortfall
Thursday, 26 September 2013
DOCTORS from the United Arab Emirates, India and Australia, could be flying in to staff the A & E Department at Queens hospital Romford.
It comes after London’s busiest A & E, which receives 116 ambulances each day is facing a serious shortfall in senior staff.
The Care Quality Commission revealed the department had been relying on locums and agency workers to staff the A & E because of a shortfall in senior departments with around 64 per cent of posts unfilled.
The report by the CQC showed 16 consultants should cover A&E – but only 10 permanent consultants were in place.
BHRUT chief executive Averil Dongworth said the trust is 'working hard' to recruit permanent, high quality staff.
She added: “There is a national shortage of A&E consultants and we, along with many other trusts, are looking to recruit experienced doctors overseas.
“We are working with specialist recruitment companies in Australia, New Zealand, Europe, India and the UAE to find high calibre staff for our busy A&E service.
“While we work to recruit more permanent staff to the department, we are using agency and locum cover to work alongside our own dedicated and experienced team to ensure that all A&E shifts are fully staffed so that patients are receiving safe, high quality care.”
King George's A&E department is set to shut in 2015 putting more pressure on Queens.
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