Hospital A&E wards in crisis over shortage of emergency doctors.

Posted by Patricia Wakeford on
Hospital A&E wards in crisis

Who are BL Claims Solicitors

BL Claims Solicitors specialise in personal injury, clinical negligence and travel claims, providing our clients with hands-on support, nationally.

We are rated as one of the top firms in the UK and believe in speaking to our clients in jargon-free language and ensuring you're speaking to a highly qualified lawyer right from the outset

We have been aware that the NHS is in 'crisis' for some time and this kind of description in the media may have reduced the impact over time of the very real funding issues in the NHS. The recent news that funding issues have reached such a level that 24-hour A&E care is now in jeopardy is more than concerning.

Over the past few months, we have heard of patients left on trollies or in holding bay jumbulances. This has become a norm in many accident and emergency departments. However, there was never any doubt that patients would be attended to at some point.

The concern is that there are not enough doctors to see patients who attend A&E 24 hours a day, for various reasons including funding, but many trainee doctors are choosing to leave the NHS completely or to work abroad where the work conditions are better. The latter problem appears difficult to resolve as steps have been taken to recruit doctors who have the expertise to work in A&E.

This situation is very concerning and is likely to result in more clinical negligence claims. If a patient has an emergency, such as a heart attack or stroke, and their local A&E is closed ­- will they be able to get to another unit in time to save their life or prevent permanent disability?  What will a parent do with a seriously ill child? The outcome of such closures could result in significantly increased costs for the NHS in ongoing care for those affected adversely and an increase in justifiable clinical negligence claims.

BL Claims Solicitors are here to help

If you would like to talk to someone and discuss a potential claim please call us on 0344 620 6600 anytime between 8am and 6pm Monday to Friday, or if you would prefer you can email us at

About the Author

Photograph of Patricia Wakeford

Patricia is a Senior Associate, in our Clinical Negligence team, and is also a qualified midwife with many years of experience working in the NHS.

Patricia Wakeford
Email Patricia
023 8085 7310

View profile