Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Why has BHRUT the worst vacancy rate?
The Evening Standard reports the following today at http://www.standard.co.uk/news/health/jeremy-hunt-gives-london-hospitals-55m-to-cope-with-winter-rush-8806602.html "Today’s cash includes £62 million for additional capacity in hospitals, such as consultant cover over the weekend. It comes after four London trusts were named as having the worst staffing shortfalls of casualty departments across the country. Barking, Havering and Redbridge trust, which runs Queen’s and King George’s, had 129 vacancies — 43 per cent of a total contingent of 302 staff. This included 12 consultant posts, plus 41 doctors and 75 nurses." The report gives the impression that BHRUT has the worst staffing shortfall for casualty departments in the country. A vacancy rate of this degree is bound to an obstacle to good healthcare. The plan to close KGH A&E and sack large numbers of medical staff is not going to attract staff and needs to be abandoned.