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A&E’s patients “are safe” after staff shortage concerns

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Following recent concerns about staff shortages at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary’s Accident and Emergency department, the chief executive of NHS Scotland has stated that incoming patients “are safe”. Last month A&E consultants told bosses that patients could be at risk as a result of the hospital’s staffing shortages, yet NHS chief executive, Paul Gray, said that patients should have no fear regarding their treatment at the hospital.   

Emergency care consultants had a meeting with Mr Gray only days after the board’s chairman, Bill Howatson, stepped down. Mr Howatson said that patients should be warned of the “significant challenges” to be faced by NHS Scotland in the coming months — yet Mr Gray said that the care of patients is of primary importance. Mr Gray told the care consultants that the board “performs well” and that there was a “strong commitment” to maintaining high care-standards within the hospital.

“Really strong commitment to maintaining that”

Mr Howatson resigned following seven years on the board. He said that the reason for his resigning was that big challenges were fast approaching, which would be better handled by a new management team.

Mr Gray said NHS Grampian performs particularly well in comparison to many other boards across Scotland and the UK.  He added:

“The real focus here it to make sure that’s maintained and that patients and carers and families in Grampian are assured that there’s a really strong commitment to maintaining that.”

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