Kingston A&E has 'small' staff shortfall while Croydon Hospital sees third of posts vacant (From This Is Local London)
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Kingston A&E has 'small' staff shortfall
Understaffing at Kingston Hospital’s accident and emergency department stands at less than four per cent, compared to 32 per cent at nearby Croydon Hospital.
Only four of 97 posts in the department stand vacant.
Other trusts in London are struggling with only two-thirds or three-quarters of posts filled, a BBC investigation found.
Shadow health secretary Andy Burnham said the government needed to “get a grip” on the problem.
Staff shortage: Nearly a third of A&E posts vacant at Croydon Hospital
Kingston Hospital board papers show an emergency and acute care turnover rate of more than 20 per cent this year, well above the 11 per cent target, though this is decreasing.
Nearly 16 per cent of staff were employed on a temporary basis, according to the hospital’s July workforce report, against a target of 10 per cent.
The hospital’s overall turnover rate this year is 15 per cent.
A survey of staff in April, which gained responses from less than a fifth of workers, found morale and engagement “held relatively steady” over a “difficult” winter period.
The main issue raised was staffing levels and vacancies, the report said.
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