29 casualty units ‘under threat’

Twenty-nine accident and emergency departments are under threat as NHS trusts struggle with crippling debt, the Conservatives have claimed.

They released an analysis of the NHS which showed that managers in 29 trusts had launched reviews of casualty services or warned that departments faced downgrading or closure.

Three-quarters had large deficits at the end of last year, but the Tories said another factor was the impact of the European working time directive, which will cut the number of hours that junior doctors could work from 2009.

29 casualty units ‘under threat’ | UK Latest | Guardian Unlimited


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