A hospital is set to withdraw emergency surgery services due to a lack of skilled staff.
The Grantham and District Hospital has said that it will temporarily cease emergency surgery from the end of March due to increasing risks to patients. These risks have been attributed to a lack of skilled surgeons and anaesthetists.
The hospital currently sees over 1,300 general surgical emergencies a year and those patients will have to be treated elsewhere, although there are, as yet, no plans as to where those emergency patients will be taken.
For some time we have been hearing from senior doctors that the training of junior doctors is not as thorough as it used to be. Doctors in training carry out routine surgery in order to learn and to practice their skills. However, in order to reduce waiting times, many routine operations are now being carried out in private treatment centres. A recent government report has criticised such centres. These centres often use doctors brought in from overseas to carry out surgery. This takes routine cases out of the NHS, meaning that there are fewer routine operations being done in the NHS in which junior doctors can develop their surgical skills.
It is highly unsatisfactory that a hospital should have to withdraw emergency services for any reason. It is a matter of serious concern that patients will now have to travel further for emergency treatment and this episode raises yet further concerns about the recruitment and training of doctors.Posted 8th February 2007 | Posted in News,Uncategorised