. The Accident and Emergency (A&E) department is the main gateway to a hospital for emergency in-patients and one of the principle contacts with hospital services for many members of the general public. A&E departments account for around 5 per cent of hospital expenditure and there are always a & e jobs available. There are 202 major A&E departments in England that are open 24 hours a day, have the resources to deal with all emergency cases and have access to a complete range of medical and surgical specialties.
The Staffing Crisis in Accident and Emergency departments has hit an all time high, over the past few months with the revelation that some NHS hospital are now having to close their doors on patients during the winter months, the number of middle grade accident and emergency doctors seeking employment has fallen once again. One third of all NSH trusts throughout the UK are suffering a major shortage of middle grade Accident and Emergency Doctors. Emergency medicine jobs across the UK need to be filled but fail to be.
To try and combat the shortfall in the number of Accident and Emergency middle grade doctors some trusts are trying to recruit accident and emergency doctors from abroad to fill the gap. With plans announced by the new coalition government all Accident and Emergency Departments across the UK will be set new targets for waiting times, patient safety and care quality will be set. Under the previous rule A&E departments had to see, diagnose and treat 95% of people within four hours of arrival but in June this year, Andrew Lansley, the then new Health Secretary, revealed plans to abolish the waiting time target for accident and emergency.
These new plans will increase the pressure already placed on accident and emergency departments to raise the quality of care whilst keeping to departmental spending cuts. This places a major strain on hospital resources. The recruitment needs of the NHS will need to be met without putting patient safety at risk; accident and emergency jobs are continually available with not enough doctors to fill the positions.
Successful recruitment will see NHS hospitals increase their current staffing levels and have a total of five permanent A&E consultants within each department. This will ease the pressure placed on current staff grade doctors and will decrease the recent reliance on acquiring costly locum cover. Since mid 2010 the number of locum doctors sourced through recruitment agencies has started to drop with many trusts now realising that they can no longer afford the high pay rates of locum doctors and are finding other solutions in fixed term and permanent employment options.