Adam Cairns
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University Hospital of Wales staff switched for A&E duty

The chief executive of Wales' biggest hospital, which a nurse said is more stressful to work in than a warzone, has said staff have been redeployed to cope with winter pressures.

Adam Cairns, head of Cardiff's University Hospital of Wales, said it had been "relentless" in accident and emergency.

It comes after the senior nurse said the stress A&E staff faced is worse than she faced on the frontline during the second Iraq war.

She said she had to make decisions "that put patients at risk and put the staff under extreme pressure".

But he told BBC Wales health correspondent Owain Clarke staff at all levels were working "tirelessly" to meet "extraordinary demand".

  • 13 Jan 2015
  • From the section Wales
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