Emergency Medicine: Refer and Earn

  • October 15th, 2018
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Emergency Medicine is one of our most in-demand specialties for medical jobs and until Thursday 30th October , we’re doubling our referral bonus. Simply recommend an A&E doctor to Athona for a locum position and once they’ve worked 200 hours through us, you will receive your reward. How much can I earn? You have the option to […]

Tonight’s NHS Winter Crisis: What’s the Truth?

  • February 2nd, 2018
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Last night on ITV, the Tonight programme dedicated their weekly show to uncovering the “truth behind the NHS winter crisis”, widely acknowledged as the worst in recent history. As the situation escalates to alarming levels across the UK, ambulances and emergency departments are under intensive pressure and non-essential surgery have been cancelled. The show followed […]

Bed shortages causing surgeons to cancel or delay operations

  • February 15th, 2017
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The winter beds crisis has left surgeons going ‘days at a time’ without performing operations, health groups have warned. In a letter to the Sunday Times, Claire Marx, President of the Royal College of Surgeons, and Chris Hopson, Chief Executive of NHS Providers, said surgeons at hospitals in England are being left ‘kicking their heels’ […]

Leaked figures suggest January was worst month for A&E

  • February 9th, 2017
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Leaked data shows A&E wards in England experienced the worst month of delays in January, with a record number of patients waiting for longer than the four-hour target. 13 years since the four-hour target was introduced, the leaked figures, which were compiled by regulator NHS Improvement, also suggest a record high for patients waiting more […]

Four-hour A&E target only meant for urgent cases

  • January 11th, 2017
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Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has said the four-hour A&E target should now only apply to ‘urgent’ cases. In a statement to Parliament, Mr Hunt said the government was ‘committed to maintaining’ the target, however if the standard was to be ‘protected’ it might only need to be applied to patients with urgent needs rather than […]

A&E trolley waits reach four hours – and expected to get worse

  • December 8th, 2016
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There’s been a sharp increase in ‘trolley waits’ in A&E departments – and experts warn it will get worse. Data from the BBC show almost 475,000 patients waited for more than four hours for a hospital bed between October 2015 and September 2016. This is nearly five times the amount of people waiting for a […]

NHS crisis revealed as 3,000 doctors are needed by winter

  • November 10th, 2016
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Accident & Emergency departments need almost 3,000 more doctors to cope with a winter predicted to be more difficult than the last. Hospitals face unprecedented challenges with record occupancy levels leaving too few empty beds to cope with surges in demand. The report by the Commons Health Select Committee states that health services coped last […]

Junior doctors will stage a series of five-day strikes

  • September 1st, 2016
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The British Medical Association (BMA) has announced junior doctors will stage the first national five-day strike in the history of the NHS next month following Jeremy Hunt’s imposition of the new contract. The strike will take place from 8am to 5pm every day from the 12th to 16th September. Ellen McCourt, the BMA junior doctors’ […]

A&E department to remain closed until April 2017

  • August 5th, 2016
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The A&E department at Chorley & South Ribble Hospital in Lancashire will not be reopening this year. The hospital was downgraded to an urgent care centre in April and was due to reopen this month. At the time of closing, Lancashire Teaching Hospitals Trust insisted it was a temporary measure. Jan Ledward, chairman of the […]

Working in Emergency Medicine: What’s it really like?

  • May 6th, 2016
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Do you work as an A&E doctor or are you considering a role in Emergency Medicine? One of our doctors shares her experiences of why working in A&E is the perfect career choice for her.   Tell us about your background – how long have you been working in Emergency Medicine? I have been working in […]