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Staff Vacancies Making A&E Delays Worse
7:04am 7th January 2015
Cornwall's biggest hospital admits it is not just struggling to see patients - it is struggling to get staff too.
Pirate FM told you how Treliske, along with many other hospitals across the UK, has missed its target to see A&E patients inside four hours.
Now we have learnt some of that is due to having two empty vacancies for casualty consultants.
Andy Virr is in charge of the department. He said: "We're just reflecting the national picture where there is a shortage of A&E consultants.
"A lot of hospitals are investing in A&E consultants because they think it is right to have senior decision makers at the front door. But it is from a limited pool of available people.
"There is not a lack of commitment to pay for that - the money is there - we just can't fill the posts.
"Equally, across the hospital, we have invested in putting extra nursing staff on the wards to make our wards even safer but we are also in a struggle to recruit up those numbers."
He blamed delays at casualty on struggling to fill the posts, along with a big rise in patient numbers along with the time taken to discharge those already admitted to the hospital.7:04am 7th January 2015
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