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Lincoln ‘struggling’ to provide full service in A&E

Lincoln A&E is struggling to provide a full service due to a severe shortage of Doctors and yesterday declared an internal critical incident.

United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust (ULHT) has announced they are struggling to provide a full service in A&E due to a chronic shortage of Doctors following new national tax rules (known as IR35).

Yesterday United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust declared a internal critical incident.

There is currently a national shortage of A&E doctors and ULHT said they are overly reliant on short and long term agency doctors to fill staff rotas. New taxation rules have only added to the shortage of medical staffing.

A potential ban on NHS Staff working for private agencies will only add to the problem.

In a statement United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust said: “We are struggling to fill rotas over the next few days and weeks. We are working with NHS Improvement and senior leaders in surrounding hospitals to try and support us. Our thanks go to the A&E staff and clinicians from other specialities that have helped Lincoln A&E to remain fully operational“.