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Concerns over lack of beds and consultants at hospital

Stoke Mandeville Hospital

Stoke Mandeville Hospital

Stoke Mandeville Hospital has less than half the required amount of A&E consultants - and is struggling to recruit more.

Councillor Brian Adams, who sits on the Bucks County Council health and adult care scrutiny committee, told this week how Stoke Mandeville Hospital should have ten consultants, but is getting by on only four.

In light of a report produced this week by the committee, in which members heard from key players in the delivery of care in the county, Mr Adams, who represents UKIP, also claimed that Stoke Mandeville does not have enough beds for patients.

He said: “There have been major improvements, but I think there real problem is that that there are not enough beds or consultants.

“The whole area of A&E should have 10 consultants and they only have four.”

Mr Adams said that the consultants were split between Wycombe and Stoke Mandeville, but when Wycombe was downgraded the consultants were all pooled together.

He added: “They have been recruiting but the people that have come to interview have not been up to scratch.

“We are so close to London, and it’s hard to recruit people when they could go to London and earn a lot more money.

“They have taken on 150 nurses and they’ve got another 30 or so coming soon.

“But the real problem is lack of consultants and lack of beds.”

The committee quizzed top local NHS executives on the benefits and pitfalls of the reconfiguration of acute hospital services set by the government and carried out two years ago.

They also investigated reforms being implemented by Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust in response to the Keogh Report of 2013 that resulted in the Trust being put into special measures.

The committee’s report, which will now go before the Council’s Cabinet and Health and Wellbeing Board, is the result of an inquiry conducted over six months drawing on national and local evidence, during which testimonies were also gathered from all the local NHS agencies responsible for providing services.

 

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