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Action urged on consultant shortage

The BMA has called for urgent action to increase the number of emergency medicine consultants in Northern Ireland. Paul Darragh ARM 2013

Government figures show Northern Ireland’s emergency departments are still failing to meet performance targets, despite a drop in patient numbers during the period. 

BMA Northern Ireland council chair Paul Darragh (pictured) said a range of measures was needed to solve the problem.

He explained: ‘Services must be properly resourced and there must also be an urgent look at the number of senior physician vacancies in our emergency departments.’

He said doctors were frustrated by being unable to provide services because of a lack of resources and staff.