Monday, 30 July 2007

At a hospital near you

Hospitals braced for chaos

Jul 30 2007

By Emma Brady, Health Correspondent

Patients at Midland hospitals could get "nothing more than a basic service" as a result of a shake-up in medical training this week.

Last night a consultant urologist - based at City Hospital in Winson Green, Birmingham - branded the reforms as "completely chaotic".

Thousands of junior doctors across the country will take up new posts on Wednesday, a move which has led hospitals to postpone elective surgery.

Staff at one Birmingham hospital trust have been warned the number of anaesthetists has fallen by 30 per cent, as a result of the reforms.

And appointments at consultant-led clinics have even been reduced, as registrars are offered jobs as far away as Scotland leaving vacancies which are proving difficult to fill.

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