WORKFORCE: Mid Staffordshire Foundation Trust has been forced to draft in two consultants from a neighbouring trust to maintain a safe service in its emergency department.

It agreed with University Hospitals of North Staffordshire Trust that accident and emergency consultant Magnus Harrison will take on the role of clinical director for emergency care and Raghavendra Kamath will cover four clinical shifts a week.

The arrangement, brought in after two consultants left the troubled hospital, will be reviewed after three months.

A report to Mid Staffordshire’s board said that without the new partnership arrangement it would be unable to fill 75 per cent of A&E consultant shifts using substantive staff.

It said: “In order to continue to provide a safe model of care at Mid Staffordshire foundation Trust for the near future additional senior clinical support is required from [North Staffordshire].”

Mid Staffordshire was placed into special administration earlier this year after being found to be clinically and financially unviable.

A joint statement from the trusts said: “This is very much in the interest of both organisations.”