THE accident and emergency department at Warwick Hospital is understaffed according to a recent survey which highlights shortcomings in staffing levels right across the country.
In total 101 of the 166 hospital trusts in England responded to a survey conducted by the BBC which suggests England’s A&E departments are understaffed on average by nearly ten per cent.
For South Warwickshire Foundation NHS Trust, which runs Warwick, Stratford-upon-Avon, and Shipston-on-Stour hospitals, the figure is 13 per cent. This equates to a shortfall of ten staff.
The news comes not long after trusts, including South Warwickshire, were criticised for missing waiting time targets in 41 of the 52 weeks in a year.
In a statement yesterday (Wednesday) the trust said that the data implied that it was understaffed as it only included data about substantive posts when, in fact, gaps due to vacancies were filled with locum and agency staff.
The trust board had approved in June further investment in the A&E department to respond to the increasing demand for these services.
This included providing more senior medical input in the form of two additional consultant posts together with an increase in middle grade doctors and an increase in the numbers of nursing staff in the department.
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