A group of senior doctors has accused NHS Grampian of ignoring their safety concerns about emergency departments.

They told BBC Scotland News they were speaking out because they feel they cannot deliver a safe level of care.

The medics said staff shortages meant Grampian’s two A&Es have no senior registrars on shift to make key decisions about patients for the majority of weekend night shifts.

NHS Grampian said it was working hard to expand the workforce.

A spokesperson thanked staff and said it recognised the “tremendous pressure” on A&E departments but said there were was a national shortage of doctors at the appropriate level of training.

A number of senior doctors spoke anonymously to BBC News about conditions in Elgin and Aberdeen emergency departments.

Documents seen by the BBC News show medics have been raising concerns since 2021, both with NHS Grampian and the Scottish government, and in July this year submitted a formal whistleblowing complaint about the situation.

One doctor said: “The staff are in an impossible situation.

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