Southend Hospital turns to head-hunters to find A&E docs

Southend Standard: Hospital turns to head-hunters to find A&E docs Hospital turns to head-hunters to find A&E docs

SOUTHEND Hospital is relying on head-hunting recruitment agancies to find new senior doctors for its crisis-hit A&E department.

The hospital trust is struggling to hire consultants for the emergency department, after several senior doctors left.

Staff shortages have meant the department has struggled to meet waiting time targets since December.

It has now filled all its vacant middle-grade doctor posts and hired a new A&E manager, but still needs more senior doctors.

Chief operating officer Jon Findlay said: “We have recruited all middle-grade posts.

“Not all have started but they have all been filled and we are beginning to see improvements in these areas. We have contacted a head-hunting agency to find consultants.

“We expect the first interviews within the next week or so.”

A national shortage means hospitals across the country are struggling to take on enough senior A&E doctors.

However, a hospital board report highlights the trust’s increasing reliance on consultants and headhunters, with fees contributing to a £400,000 overspend last year.

Managers say the problem is not restricted to doctors.

Across all departments, a shortage of nurses means the target ratio of one nurse for every eight patients is not being met.

The hospital hoped to recruit 120 nurses from Spain, but so far , has only managed to take on 44 nurses – and they have yet to start work.

The hospital interviewed 105 people and put some unsuccessful candidates on a reserve list in case some of the 44 decide not to stay.

The hospital has made arrangements to support new arrivals and encourage them to stay.

However, non-executive director Tim Young admitted: “The experience of other trusts who have recruited in Spain is a number are not able to integrate.”

Staff shortages led to a huge increase in the cost of temporary staff in March – from slightly less than £1million in February, to £1.2million.

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2:39pm Mon 5 May 14

Nebs says...

Supply and demand, more people in the country means we need more doctors so we need to increase the number of university places to study medicine.
Supply and demand, more people in the country means we need more doctors so we need to increase the number of university places to study medicine. Nebs
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4:21pm Mon 5 May 14

runwellian says...

The way NHS England treat GP's is it any wonder that nobody wants to train these days.

Everyone moans about doctors pay but footballers get paid thousands per match to kick a ball around a field ... and although a doctors pay may sound great ... but by the time the government have had their share of tax insurance etc.I can assure you there is little left in the pot to manage their practice and keep a home and family.

Doctors are leaving hospitals because they don't want to work weekends but the real problem is there are far too many people and not enough doctors. The government have promised patients care and treatment 24/7 but forgot that they haven't go the resources to do that.

If a GP closes his books because he / she cannot mage the overwhelming amount of patients they have to deal with, they get penalised and their budget cut!

When GP's were given the choice not to do 'out of hours' they had their salary docked by £6000, and those willing continued to provide a 'sort of service'!

Shame this government isn't a bit more honest about how they are treating GP's then we would also understand why GP's are not falling over themselves to cooperate!
The way NHS England treat GP's is it any wonder that nobody wants to train these days. Everyone moans about doctors pay but footballers get paid thousands per match to kick a ball around a field ... and although a doctors pay may sound great ... but by the time the government have had their share of tax insurance etc.I can assure you there is little left in the pot to manage their practice and keep a home and family. Doctors are leaving hospitals because they don't want to work weekends but the real problem is there are far too many people and not enough doctors. The government have promised patients care and treatment 24/7 but forgot that they haven't go the resources to do that. If a GP closes his books because he / she cannot mage the overwhelming amount of patients they have to deal with, they get penalised and their budget cut! When GP's were given the choice not to do 'out of hours' they had their salary docked by £6000, and those willing continued to provide a 'sort of service'! Shame this government isn't a bit more honest about how they are treating GP's then we would also understand why GP's are not falling over themselves to cooperate! runwellian
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