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Havering hospital’s reputation driving doctors away

09:00 22 June 2014

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Doctors do not want to work to work for Havering’s troubled hospital because of its negative reputation, claims a report.

An improvement plan drawn up by Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust has reported that junior and senior medical roles have been particularly difficult to fill because of its poor track record.

The trust has been placed into special measures by the Care Quality Commission.

During its inspection the health watchdog reported that long-standing difficulties in recruiting permanent staff were having an impact on the effectiveness and safety of services at both Queen’s Hospital and King George’s Hospital.

The trust faces further recruitment challenges because nearby inner London hospitals pay higher wages.

The improvement plan, published this week, states that an overreliance on agency and locum staff is particularly prevalent in the Accident and Emergency department and has pledged to change this.

It intends to make the department a more attractive place to work to perspective staff.

The health body will also create rotations with other trusts with the aim of making consultant roles more appealing.

Other measures proposed include improving training and the retention of existing staff.

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