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.