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CCGs investigate A&E staffing levels

Three London-based CCGs with concerns about chronic shortages of medical staff at A&E departments have launched a joint investigation to determine whether they provide safe services.

Barking and Dagenham CCG, Havering CCG and Redbridge CCG are to conduct an external clinical review of A&E services in Essex at King George Hospital in Goodmayes, and Queen’s Hospital in Romford.

The hospitals are managed by Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust. NHS England is supporting the move.

Dr Jitendra Kakad, clinical director of Havering CCG said: ‘As GPs and commissioners of local health services, patient safety is our number one priority. That’s why we have asked the review team to report their findings as quickly as possible.’

Trust chief executive Averil Dongworth said: ‘It is really important that both staff and management at the Trust and CCGs respond quickly and in partnership to the pressure on our local A&Es. This process will help ensure services remain safe for local people in the future.’

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  • The ignored for years elephant in the NHS room - safe staffing levels. 97 % of NHS staff I have met work harder than they should to dangerous levels, to burn out and depression - yet the cry like the Francis report and numerous papers is one of lack of care.
    We need safe working in all aspects of medicine - so how many hours should a GP [ an example] work. How many patients should he see in a day ?
    Why no safe working for doctors ? Why are they expected to be responsible 24 hours a day 365 days a year? Why does the BMA allow this unfettered madness of hours without sleep or rest?

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  • Money spent in investigating can be better spent in staffing. Mid Staff investigation took about £ 13 million

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