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Extra accident and emergency doctors recruited

260 more A&E doctors than last year have been recruited following an NHS recruitment drive.

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Health Education England and the College of Emergency Medicine have overseen a recruitment drive to ensure a fully staffed A&E in both the short and long term.

The recruitment drive has led to:

  • 101 more junior doctors specialising in emergency medicine than last year
  • 51 existing junior doctors staying in emergency medicine
  • 58 junior doctors transferring to emergency medicine
  • 50 experienced medics from India, UAE, Egypt and Malaysia starting on fixed-term contracts from November

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said:

We know some parts of the NHS are under pressure because of increased demand.

That’s why we’re investing in a record number of A&E doctors so patients continue getting treated quickly.

HEE Director of Education and Quality Professor Wendy Reid said:

By working collaboratively across the whole health system and particularly with the College of Emergency Medicine, HEE has shown that we can raise the profile of a medical specialty and improve recruitment.

We have emphasised the importance of a multi professional approach to meet the needs of patients at a critical time in their lives.

Published 21 October 2014