Emergency care systems in the UK and Ireland continue to face tremendous challenges as clinical staff, managers and policy makers seek to ensure safe delivery of healthcare to patients. This report, the first of its kind, describes the working practices of consultants and other senior decision makers in the Emergency Department (ED), the pressures they face and the impact on their working lives.
The results are stark and worthy of urgent attention by employers and commissioners. Overall 62% report that their current job plans are unsustainable, whilst 94% of respondents regularly work in excess of their planned activities. Combined with the very serious workforce challenges facing emergency care systems in the UK at present, there is an urgent need for action.