North-East hospitals among worst in country for staff shortages in A&E departments (From The Northern Echo)
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North-East hospitals among worst in country for staff shortages in A&E departments
AN INVESTIGATION by the BBC has revealed low staffing levels at A&E departments in the region.
Hospitals in the North-East are among the worst in the country when it comes to staffing short-falls, according to the figures obtained by the BBC.
The North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust, which looks after the University Hospital of North Tees and the University Hospital of Hartlepool, is named in a list of the trusts with the worst staff shortages in A&E departments, with a 26 per cent shortfall – the equivalent of 30 posts.
Also on the list is the County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust which has a shortfall of 21 per cent, or 32 posts in its hospitals, which include the Darlington Memorial Hospital and the University Hospital of North Durham.
A spokesman said: "County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust is actively recruiting to all vacant matron and nursing positions."
The figures come as NHS leaders warn A&E departments across the country could be strained to breaking point this winter, with one million more people attending emergency departments compared to three years ago.
According to a survey carried out by Survation, two thirds of voters believe there is a crisis in emergency care, with patients being put at risk.
The survey said 65 per cent of those asked thought Government cuts were responsible for staff shortages and poor levels of care.
The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) said a poll of its members found that 89 per cent of nursing staff thought the people they were meant to be caring for were being put at risk, while 85 per cent said patient safety is being compromised by the strain on the departments.
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