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Cornish Hospitals Struggling to Recruit A&E Doctors

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7:00am 26th October 2012

Pirate FM has learnt Cornish A&E departments are facing a struggle to recruit doctors.

A top medical consultant has warned south west staff are having to work overtime, because of a drop in the number of trainees.

The Royal Cornwall Hospital admits it is struggling to find two new registrars, but insisted it does have the right number of senior and junior doctors in casualty.

Locums are being used to fill gaps in the rota, and senior staff are working extra hours.

Dr Andy Virr, one of the lead consultants in the emergency department at Treliske, said: "Where we struggle is in the middle tier, the sort of registrar level, so we've managed to employ some good locum doctors who work alongside us. Obviously the priority is making sure the department is safe at all times and we can provide the good service that we want for our patients in Cornwall.

"The general public really value A&E. We've seen our numbers go up year on year, and there fore we need to have the right staff here to provide that service. You know, the public want it and we need to provide it, and so we need to look for other ways to make sure we have enough staff here."

The College of Emergency Medicine warns it hasn't had enough investment across the UK.

The report was written by Professor Cliff Mann. He said: "We're now faced with the consequences of that decision, where emergency care really doesn't have the funding resources needed to cope with the increasing number of attendances. A and E attendances in Devon and Cornwall, as indeed every other part of the UK, have risen year on year for the past ten years."

7:00am 26th October 2012

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