NHS drafts in extra A&E doctors

The NHS have announced plans to take on about 260 extra doctors in an effort to ease pressure on accident and emergency units in England, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has said.

Junior and overseas doctors would help bolster A&E units over this winter, the Department of Health said.

An ageing population was putting pressure on services, it said.

Experts said that the extra doctors would help, but that more experienced doctors were also needed.

Overseas doctors have been recruited on short-term contracts to help plug a gap in the number of experienced doctors in A&E and will start working from November.

There are about 240 A&E units in England, with about 160 of those being large A&E departments.

Source http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-29704925

Dave Hawkins