Family doctors are earning thousands of pounds working night and weekend shifts at stretched London A&E departments, the Daily Mail reports.
One recruitment firm, Primary Care People, was reported to offer family doctors £120 an hour for a 12-hour shift - £1,440 - at Guy's Hospital in south London.
Pay rates through the company were so good that doctors are reportedly travelling to the capital from all over the country to make the extra money.
A judicial review hearing into the decision to downgrade A&E services at Chase Farm Hospital in Enfield is to begin at the High Court today.
The review has been brought on the grounds that the decision to close services had been made on the basis that primary care services in the area would be improved.
Enfield council claims that such improvements haven't taken place, and that without them A&E closures at Chase Farm are unsafe.
Services are currently due to close on 9 December.
The General Medical Council has said it had generally found "good" levels of tuition over a three-month period across the capital's five medical schools and 10 university hospitals, after a report revealed that Charing Cross hospital had used operating theatres were turned into makeshift wards.
The GMC praised the following hospitals:
- Croydon University Hospital as “outstanding”
- St George’s University of London “much to be positive”
- Royal Free in Hampstead “highly committed to education”
The GMC raised concerns about:
- Northwick Park hospital in Harrow had “significant patient safety concerns”.
The use of operating theatres to ventilate patients at Charing Cross hospital is a "symptom of a healthcare system working close to full capacity", a new report has shown.
Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, which runs Charing Cross, said patients would occasionally be kept in operating theatres as this was considered better than transferring them to an intensive care unit at another hospital. A spokesman:
A London hospital was so overcrowded that operating theatres were turned into makeshift wards, according to a new report.
Charing Cross hospital used the theatres when it ran out of critical care beds - with doctors caring for seriously ill patients because there were no nurses available.
This prevented the theatres being used for emergency surgery and “provided a poor and potentially distressing environment” for visiting friends and family, the General Medical Council said.
The plans to close A&E units at four London hospitals will be referred to the Independent Reconfiguration Panel for more detailed assessment and review.
The proposed closure of Charing Cross Hospital along with the closures of Hammersmith, Ealing and Central Middlesex A&E provision following a limited period of consultation has been challenged both in the Commons and by EalingCouncil.
Andy Slaughter MP, put the request to Jeremy Hunt in the Commons this afternoon and although Hammersmith and Fulham Council were in support of these closures,Mr Hunt immediately replied that he would refer the plans to the IRP if Ealing Council were in support.
The Medical Director of NHS North-West London, Mark Spencer, has explained their decision to cut A&Es from four of their hospitals.