The College of Emergency Medicine (CEM) has revealed over half of senior doctor posts go unfilled at A&E departments.

Out of 699 specialist registrar posts in Accident and Emergency departments, 383 have been left vacant over the past three years.

There has been difficulty retaining A&E doctors after the training period was increased, with most young doctors choosing to go into acute medicine, general practice or anaesthetics.

Historic staff shortages

With 61% of specialist registrar posts unfilled, A&E departments are facing historic staff shortages. Doctors are stretched beyond capacity and waiting times have increased.

In a report, the CEM highlights that on average each A&E registrar sees about 2,000 patients each year. The shortfall has therefore denied A&E departments the ability to see 766,000 people per year.

The CEM says A&E departments have now reached “tipping point”. This is going to be particularly troubling over the winter months which always see a sharp rise in the number of A&E patients.

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