Transplant operations have been cancelled and wards closed at one of the country’s flagship teaching hospitals following short-staffing, blamed on a clampdown on agency pay.
Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust has been forced to close two critical care units at Leeds General Infirmary and St James’ University Hospital because of an inability to find sufficient numbers of nurses.
Senior clinical professionals said services were now “teetering on the edge of collapse.”
It comes after a hospital said it is being forced to close an Accident & Emergency department at night because the cap has left it short of half the key doctors needed. The decision followed attempts to see if the army could step in…….