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Press statement - A&E consultant resignations

Update on A&E

17 February 2015

In response to the resignation of five A&E consultants, Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust can confirm that adverts for all of the positions will be placed this week. All five consultants have been offered posts at Warwick Hospital which is in the process of increasing its establishment to ten to provide seven-day working

We are agreeing the leaving dates with all of the consultants concerned and their new employer with a view to flexibility around start dates, none of which will be before May.  Services for patients at the Alexandra Hospital A&E department are therefore being provided as normal.

We are working with partners locally and across the region on a solution to maintain A&E services at the Alex in the future. We are pleased to have already received offers of support from other Trusts. 

The future of acute hospital services in Worcestershire has been under review for more than three years.  The commissioner-led review aims to ensure services across Worcestershire’s three acute hospital sites remain sustainable in the light of national shortages of medical staff in a number of key clinical specialties -A and E being one. 
  
The ongoing delays in moving forward have been a source of frustration for all parties and there was a recognised risk that staff could  leave for other posts in the event of continued uncertainty.  Our focus now is on the recruitment plan to replace them.

16 February 2015

The Trust has received resignations from five emergency department consultants – 4 from the Alexandra Hospital and 1 from Worcestershire Royal Hospital. It is believed that all 5 consultants have received alternative offers of employment, with four being offered positions at Warwick Hospital. We will be discussing the departure details with each consultant over the coming days including the notice period to be served.

We would wish to stress that services for patients will continue to be provided as normal and an urgent transition plan will be put in place in conjunction with the full range of stakeholders to ensure that patients can continue to receive safe and high quality urgent care going forward.

The future of acute hospital services in Worcestershire has been under review for more than three years. The commissioner-led review aims to ensure services across Worcestershire’s three acute hospital sites  remain sustainable in the light of national shortages of medical staff in a number of key clinical specialties - A&E being one.

Over this period, there has been significant engagement of all clinical staff - both hospital consultants and GPs. Whilst there will always be differences of clinical opinion, all clinicians have had an opportunity to have their say and the final proposed model was endorsed by an Independent Clinical Review Panel in early 2014, subject to some further modifications.

The proposed clinical model is currently being reviewed by the West Midlands Clinical Senate as part of NHS England’s assurance process. The Trust’s A&E consultants have given evidence to the West Midlands Clinical Senate as part of the review.

The ongoing delays in moving forward have been a source of frustration for all parties and there was a recognised risk that staff could leave for other posts in the event of continued uncertainty. The Trust will now focus on its recruitment plans to replace the departing staff once they have served their notice. In the meantime, services will continue as normal whilst plans are put in place to manage a safe transition.

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