Accident and Emergency Units

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Health – in the House of Commons at 11:30 am on 10th June 2014.

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Photo of Jeremy Hunt Jeremy Hunt The Secretary of State for Health 11:30 am, 10th June 2014

The hon. Lady is right that operational pressures on A and E are happening throughout the United Kingdom. We have made good progress in recruiting 50 A and E doctors to help relieve pressure this year in A and E departments, but that is a short-term measure. The long-term issue is to get more doctors going into A and E from training, and we are looking at contract structures and at what we can do with training schedules to make that more attractive. We will certainly work with colleagues in devolved Administrations and tell them what we have learned.