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Burnley General Hospital casualty department BB10

Location: UK » North West » BB
Sector: Health

From 11th October 2010, Burnley General Hospital’s casualty department is no longer being staffed by a specialist Accident & Emergency doctor between 2am and 8am each night.

Instead, the department - known as the Urgent Care Centre - is being run by nurses with access to an on-site family doctor, who local trade union officials say has not worked in an A&E environment for 15 years.

Previously, the department was staffed by nurses with support from a registrar who would normally have around five years’ experience of working in an A&E department.

A recent independent review recommended the Urgent Care Centre be upgraded.

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