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Overseas nurses denied NHS jobs

Thousands of overseas nurses were denied permission to work in England last year, despite hospitals facing staff shortages. The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) has found that the refusals have hit high profile hospitals in Cambridge, Newcastle and Manchester. A Freedom of Information request to the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) found more than 2,341 refusals. […]

NHS health staff crisis is worse than cash woes

The growing crisis in healthcare professionals’ morale is a greater risk to the NHS than the financial problems it is grappling with. Nigel Edwards, chief executive of the Nuffield Trust think tank, warned staff shortages, disputes with government and bullying were creating a “toxic mix”. He said if the problems persisted, the affinity staff felt […]

NHS understaffed by 50,000 due to bad health planning

Bad planning and cost cutting have left the NHS in England short of 50,000 vital front line staff MPs are warning. The Public Accounts Committee said the shortfall in doctors, nurses and midwives could even get worse if ministers did not get a “better grip”. The group also warned there had been “no coherent attempt” […]

NHS struggles to recruit thousands of healthcare professionals

More than two thirds of NHS trusts and health boards are struggling to recruit qualified healthcare professionals. Data from a BBC Freedom of Information request shows that on 1 December 2015, the NHS in England, Wales and Northern Ireland had more than 23,443 nursing vacancies – equivalent to 9% of the workforce. In comparison, the […]

Overseas nurses denied NHS jobs

Thousands of nurses were denied permission to work in England last year- despite hospitals facing staff shortages. The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) has found that the refusals have hit high profile hospitals in Cambridge, Newcastle and Manchester. A Freedom of Information request to the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) found more than 2,341 refusals. The […]

Hospital staffing levels affect death rates

Fewer patients die after emergency surgery in hospitals that have more doctors and nurses. The research, published in the British Journal of Anaesthesia, analysed data involving nearly 295,000 patients. The findings stood despite patients at these hospitals being sicker and suffering more complications. Researchers also found death was more likely following a weekend admission, which […]

Recruiting foreign nurses is frustrating and expensive

It is “distracting, frustrating and expensive” to have to recruit large numbers of nurses from overseas. Dr Keith McNeil, who runs Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge, urged officials to “figure out” what resources were needed and improve UK recruitment. Around 7,500 nurses from countries such as Spain, Romania and Italy registered to work in the UK […]

Stepping Hill nurse guilty of murder

Stepping Hill nurse Victorino Chua has been found guilty of murdering patients. A nurse has been convicted of murdering two patients and poisoning 20 others at a Greater Manchester hospital. Victorino Chua killed Tracey Arden, 44, and Derek Weaver, 83, at Stepping Hill Hospital in Stockport by injecting insulin into saline bags and ampoules. These […]

The NHS- how big should the National Health Service be?

The National Health Service was founded in 1948 with 144,000  health professionals. In less than seven decades that figure has risen tenfold to over 1.4 million staff across the UK. But with all the political parties promising more health workers in the coming years -just how many doctors, nurses, porters, therapists and managers does the […]

New government should boost nurse numbers

Immediate action must be taken by the next government to increase the number of NHS nurses, a report has warned. The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) said there were fewer nurses now than in 2010 if midwives, health visitors and school nurses were not included. It said government cuts to nurse training places in 2010 […]