Stroke care audit shows major staff shortages

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: (Published 02 December 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g7407
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. 1London

A quarter of hospitals in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland have an unfilled consultant stroke physician post, and not enough trainee doctors are available to fill them, a national audit has shown.

The organisational audit,1 carried out by the Royal College of Physicians and published as part of the Sentinel Stroke National Audit Programme, found that, despite steady progress in the care of stroke patients in the United Kingdom, considerable concerns remain about the consultant stroke physician workforce. Almost half of hospitals wish to expand their consultant stroke physician clinical …

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