4 Consultants Quit On Same Day- Just Another ‘A&E Crisis’

All four consultants at a hospital’s A&E have quit on the same day, along with a colleague from another unit nearby.

The four gave in their notice at Alexandra Hospital, Redditch, which has faced plans to downgrade the unit. The fifth works at Worcestershire Royal – run by the same NHS Trust. The five are thought to be taking new jobs at Warwick Hospital.

accident-emergencyWorcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust admitted this month it had probed claims 26 staff had quit the Alexandra A&E over bullying by managers – but ruled the allegation untrue. Neil Stote, of Save the Alex group, said: “Staff are voting with their feet. To have five leave is damning.”

The national A&E crisis has been fuelled by a huge cut in cash for out-of-hours GP services, figures showed yesterday.

Since David Cameron became PM in 2010, family doctors have £102million less to run evening and weekend services.

And in a fresh blow, it emerged just 5,112 trainee medics applied to be GPs in the current year – a 6.2 per cent drop.

“I don’t know about you, but I drift into a surreal world when I learn of issues like this. The trouble is they are happening and not looking likely to stop.”

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