Consistent care around the clock is a tough target for our hospitals to attain, whatever the commitment and professionalism of the NHS’s health professionals.
So it is encouraging to hear that Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust - which operates the city’s accident and emergency unit at the Northern General - has taken on four extra consultants. That increases the number by a third to 16, who will be on duty at least 16 hours a day, seven days a week. At a time when fears are being expressed nationally that some A&E departments may struggle to cope this winter, it seems Sheffield is better placed than most. Direct spending on staffing levels is one improvement that can guarantee better levels of service for us all.