Lancashire Telegraph‘Extra pay’ call for emergency consultants at struggling hospitals (From Lancashire Telegraph)

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‘Extra pay’ call for emergency consultants at struggling hospitals

Lancashire Telegraph: The Royal Blackburn Hospital The Royal Blackburn Hospital

A PARLIAMENTARY report has called for emergency consultants to be paid extra to work at struggling hospitals, such as the Royal Blackburn.

The Committee of Public Accounts said attempts to improve accident and emergency services were being hampered by a ‘chronic shortage’ of senior doctors.

Chairman Margaret Hodge, also a Labour MP, said: “Struggling hospitals, such as those placed in special measures, find it even harder to attract and retain consultants. There are currently no incentive payments to make working in these hospitals a more attractive prospect.

“So, we raised with the Department (of Health) the possibility of paying consultants more to work at struggling hospitals.

“You could also make greater use in A&E of consultants from other departments, or mandate that all trainee consultants spend time in A&E.”

Staff shortages and high admission rates have left the emergency department at the Royal Blackburn Hospital overwhelmed in recent years, and the problems led to some severe criticism of East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust (ELHT) by NHS chief Sir Bruce Keogh last July, when the organisation was placed in special measures.

A major recruitment campaign has since been launched, but three of the 11 emergency consultant posts remain vacant, as well as eight out of 18 middle grade posts.

Charles Thomson, clinical director and consultant in emergency medicine at ELHT, said the trust has been out to advert on several occasions to recruit additional consultants, but said there are ‘very few consultants in this speciality available to recruit’.

Blackburn’s emergency department takes patients from across East Lancashire, following the closure of Burnley’s A&E ward several years ago.

Consultant contracts are agreed at a national level. Health minister Dan Poulter said the government is considering ways of making a consultants' career in A&E more attractive.

And the issue is being addressed as part of current negotiations.

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5:22pm Fri 7 Mar 14

Openminded? says...

Extra pay, are you kidding me? The consultants who get paid 80-100k, may want extra pay? Whilst you got other consultants within the Trust, ripping the NHS off, by completing private work in NHS time?! Fact. and yet the lower bands are taking on more and more responsibility
Extra pay, are you kidding me? The consultants who get paid 80-100k, may want extra pay? Whilst you got other consultants within the Trust, ripping the NHS off, by completing private work in NHS time?! Fact. and yet the lower bands are taking on more and more responsibility Openminded?
  • Score: 8

9:12pm Fri 7 Mar 14

leelancs says...

There isn't much private work for A&E Consultants which is perhaps one of the reasons for the shortage? You don't tend to turn up at Beardwood Hospital by ambulance after suffering serious trauma in a car crash or having had a stroke!! I don't work in health but what I know from experience is that A&E Consultants work incredibly hard in very pressurised environments and generally do a great job in saving people's lives, something Wayne Rooney doesn't do and he pockets £300,000 a week? 80k to 100k is peanuts by comparison.
There isn't much private work for A&E Consultants which is perhaps one of the reasons for the shortage? You don't tend to turn up at Beardwood Hospital by ambulance after suffering serious trauma in a car crash or having had a stroke!! I don't work in health but what I know from experience is that A&E Consultants work incredibly hard in very pressurised environments and generally do a great job in saving people's lives, something Wayne Rooney doesn't do and he pockets £300,000 a week? 80k to 100k is peanuts by comparison. leelancs
  • Score: 6

9:46pm Fri 7 Mar 14

mavrick says...

When you read that some agency consultants can earn £2000 per shift is an insult. perhaps if hospitals refused to employ ageny staff up to the point of closure, there would be a government enquiry in days. perhaps they should be employed directly by the NHS and private hospitals should have to apply for a consultant, Most of them were trained in the NHS anyway, they also recieved free uni education. Pay back time.
When you read that some agency consultants can earn £2000 per shift is an insult. perhaps if hospitals refused to employ ageny staff up to the point of closure, there would be a government enquiry in days. perhaps they should be employed directly by the NHS and private hospitals should have to apply for a consultant, Most of them were trained in the NHS anyway, they also recieved free uni education. Pay back time. mavrick
  • Score: 3

10:46pm Fri 7 Mar 14

leelancs says...

Most of the bankers got a free university education too!! Look how (with their massive salaries and obscene bonuses) they paid us back. It tube drivers in London are worth over £50k pa, £100k for a highly skilled consultant (who save lives) is peanuts....,
Most of the bankers got a free university education too!! Look how (with their massive salaries and obscene bonuses) they paid us back. It tube drivers in London are worth over £50k pa, £100k for a highly skilled consultant (who save lives) is peanuts...., leelancs
  • Score: 6

1:16am Sat 8 Mar 14

2 for 5p ridesagain says...

Oh well £150k a year for part time hours not enough is it. SHAME ON YOU
Oh well £150k a year for part time hours not enough is it. SHAME ON YOU 2 for 5p ridesagain
  • Score: -2

3:14pm Sat 8 Mar 14

Openminded? says...

leelancs wrote:
There isn't much private work for A&E Consultants which is perhaps one of the reasons for the shortage? You don't tend to turn up at Beardwood Hospital by ambulance after suffering serious trauma in a car crash or having had a stroke!! I don't work in health but what I know from experience is that A&E Consultants work incredibly hard in very pressurised environments and generally do a great job in saving people's lives, something Wayne Rooney doesn't do and he pockets £300,000 a week? 80k to 100k is peanuts by comparison.
Im not referring to the availability of private work, what I am saying is that you have other non-emergency consultants working in the Trust, who conduct private work when on NHS premises and in NHS salary work time. So get paid double, hence ripping the NHS off.
[quote][p][bold]leelancs[/bold] wrote: There isn't much private work for A&E Consultants which is perhaps one of the reasons for the shortage? You don't tend to turn up at Beardwood Hospital by ambulance after suffering serious trauma in a car crash or having had a stroke!! I don't work in health but what I know from experience is that A&E Consultants work incredibly hard in very pressurised environments and generally do a great job in saving people's lives, something Wayne Rooney doesn't do and he pockets £300,000 a week? 80k to 100k is peanuts by comparison.[/p][/quote]Im not referring to the availability of private work, what I am saying is that you have other non-emergency consultants working in the Trust, who conduct private work when on NHS premises and in NHS salary work time. So get paid double, hence ripping the NHS off. Openminded?
  • Score: -2

3:26pm Sat 8 Mar 14

leelancs says...

I agree with you Openminded. My post is purely in relation to A&E consultants who, in my view, are a slightly different group to the rest. They deal with crisis, trauma, etc (and have little access to private work) and I think are probably therefore deserving of a bit more......
I agree with you Openminded. My post is purely in relation to A&E consultants who, in my view, are a slightly different group to the rest. They deal with crisis, trauma, etc (and have little access to private work) and I think are probably therefore deserving of a bit more...... leelancs
  • Score: 2

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