Workload may force A&E exodus

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 22 May, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 22 May, 2012, 12:00am


HONG KONG - Seven out of 10 doctors working in accident and emergency (A&E) departments may quit within a year because of the heavy workload, a survey claims.

The Hong Kong Society for Emergency Medicine & Surgery, which works to improve Hong Kong's emergency services, questioned 500 doctors and nurses at public hospital A&E departments - about 40per cent of the total number of A&E staff.

Two thirds of those questioned say they may ask for a transfer to another department, or leave next year. Five per cent said they will definitely resign, while only 30per cent plan to stay.

Most say they are stressed because they cannot cope with the huge number of patients, and that the departments suffer from a lack of staff. More than 70 per cent fear they do not have enough time to attend to each patient properly.

The society called on authorities to relieve pressure on the doctors and boost low morale by employing more part-time and foreign staff.