New trainee jobs for troubled A&E

NEW junior doctor jobs will play a key role in efforts to tackle delays at a troubled A&E.

A number of new trainee posts have been created thanks to a £1.8 million cash boost for the University Hospital of North Staffordshire. The money will be used to increase trainee posts from four to 12, in addition to the 17 consultants already based there.

UHNS bosses told The Sentinel newspaper that the department’s team spirit, combined with its location in the area’s new hospital, will be enough to attract high quality candidates.

A shortage of middle grade doctors has already led to the closure of Stafford Hospital’s A&E at night, with patients diverted to a nearby unit.

However Magnus Harrison, clinical director of UHNS emergency medicine, remained confident.

He told The Sentinel: “We have already been able to recruit some of the best emergency medicine consultants in the UK.

"Emergency medicine is changing and we're aiming to be one of the hospitals in this country that gets the very best outcomes for all its patients. A fantastic pool of middle grade doctors will ensure our medical staffing is arguably the best in the country."