Letter: No festive time for us
Wednesday 29 December 1999
Cheese-paring in the NHS results in under-staffing. At the start of the night shift I have just completed, we had two staff for a shift normally run by five. The problem is common. It is simply not possible to recruit staff at the rates of pay offered by an NHS trust.
On Wednesday night there was a serious air crash at Stansted Airport. What if it had been a passenger aeroplane? What if it had landed not in a field but on Bishop's Stortford? The hospital would have been simply unable to deal with the casualties. There must come a time when there will be a disaster and questions will be asked. Will it be too late?
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