“Between myself and the other SHO on ward cover we were responsible for the care of 436 patients between the two of us, while carrying the crash bleep which covers the whole hospital.”
The report made to the board in July suggests dangerous levels of shortages are likely to continue.
“For the coming rotation (August-December 2017), the rota has been altered to cope with the 37 per cent doctor vacancy rate. This will reduce the medical cover at night to levels which may be unsafe with only two doctors looking after 450 patients where previously there were three.”
Phil Hughes, trust medical director, said: ” Like other trusts nationally, we do have difficulties recruiting to and filling our junior doctor posts and so, as our responsibility to ensure our junior doctors and the hours they work are safeguarded, we have had to explore other options, where we can.
The examples in the paper are what we call exception reporting – meaning experiences such as those included in the report are the exception, not happening all of the time, but it is imperative that they are raised, and actions taken, to ensure they do not continue to happen.”