No overnight A&E consultants

CRAIGAVON AREA HOSPITAL

CRAIGAVON AREA HOSPITAL

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No consultants work at Craigavon’s Accident and Emergency Unit overnight, it has been revealed.

According to the Southern health trust, Craigavon Area Hospital employs two junior level doctors overnight with a consultant and registrar available on-call.

None of the province’s emergency departments have a consultant working between midnight and 8am, according to figures released to the Irish News.

Top A&E consultant Sean McGovern, vice-chair of the College of Emergency Surgery, said patients could be put at risk. He said emergency departments were operating with about half the required number of consultants.