Scarcity of Staff at Royal Hospital for Sick Children Raises Concern

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Scarcity of Staff at Royal Hospital for Sick Children Raises Concern

As per reports, it has been revealed that concerns have been raised in regard to staffing level at Royal Hospital for Sick Children at Yorkhill, Glasgow. The hospital is one of the leading children's hospitals in Scotland, but these days, it is in the news due to shortage of staff.

A recent inspection disclosed that there is a serious concern for the safety of children, as two consultants have left job. This has raised concerns for the capacity levels in the paediatric intensive care unit (PICU) of the hospital.

The inspection further revealed that four full time doctors have to perform 100 heart surgeries in a year. Work pressure is too much, as all the doctors are needed around the corner, so that they are present at the time of need in the hospital.

It has also been found that the work has not been evenly distributed among surgeons, and this has raised further concerns on the capabilities of the hospital. There is a need to recruit more doctors, so that the count reaches to 10 doctors, which is the minimum level.

Health Secretary Nicola Sturgeon said that it will be made sure that the hospital has full staff. "Our ser-vice treats around 300 children each year - working with three surgeons who will each undertake 100 operations each year", she further affirmed.


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