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A second NHS trust turns to the army for help with staffing

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e580 (Published 23 January 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e580
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

A hospital trust that has been forced to close its accident and emergency department at night because of a shortage of middle grade doctors has asked the army whether it can provide doctors to help plug the gap temporarily.

Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust is following the example of Mid Staffordshire Foundation NHS Trust, where two army doctors at consultant level and five nurses from the army and air force spent two months in the accident and emergency unit at Stafford Hospital from October to December last year (BMJ 2011;343:d7566, doi:10.1136/bmj.d7566).

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