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.
Worcestershire 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.