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The NHS is “sleepwalking” into a nursing crisis with thousands of frontline posts lost and training positions axed

The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) said that despite the Coalition’s promise to protect frontline staff from cuts the NHS workforce has fallen by almost 21,000 since the Coalition Government came to power.This includes a loss of more than 6,000 qualified nursing posts – from a total of 312,000 nursing posts in the NHS. The […]

Nurses look after 15 patients at a time

NHS nurses are having to look after up to 15 patients at a time, a major study has found.The study of 46 NHS hospitals, also found that at one in six trusts, unqualified healthcare assistants now outnumber nurses on the wards. The findings show a sharp rise in their workload to levels which patients’ groups […]

6,000 patients die a year due to poor staff checks

Six thousand patients are dying every year because hospital staff are not properly monitoring vital signs.The health of patients is deteriorating and going unnoticed because important signs, such as blood oxygen levels which can predict heart and lung problems, are either not being recorded at all or often enough. Bedside health charts are not designed […]

Doctors fear catastrophes on hospital wards at weekends

One in eight doctors does not think hospitals provide high quality care at weekends and “catastrophes” are feared on wards because staff cover is so poor.A survey of senior doctors has found that many are concerned about the care patients receive at weekends, when most hospitals only have a skeleton staff. One respondent to the […]

NHS facing colossal care bill unless system is overhauled urgently

The Coalition is failing to live up to its pledge to find an urgent solution to the funding crisis over care for the elderly, the leaders of the Royal College of Nursing and Age UK warn.Months of delays in announcing a white paper to overhaul the care system are fuelling further uncertainty about the future […]

Nurses claim govt is cutting numbers by stealth

Savage cuts to nursing are stretching resources “to breaking point”, the largest nursing union says today at it’s conference.Government plans to shift care out of hospital and closer to patients’ homes are being used as a cover for the cuts, the Royal College of Nursing warns. It is also leading to patients being discharged too […]

NHS staff are overworked- survey finds

One in three NHS staff say they are not enough people in their department to get their work done, according to the annual health service survey.And almost half of NHS staff said they do not have time to complete their tasks, it was warned. Staff cuts and a lack of cover when people are on […]

Low staffing levels harms elderly care nurses warn

The care of the elderly is being compromised in UK hospitals because there are too few nurses, according to the Royal College of Nursing.Research by the union suggested everything from basic communication to care for the dying was suffering. And it called for minimum staffing levels to ensure standards improved, arguing one nurse for every […]

Unions’ strike means thousands of operations to be postponed today

Hospital managers are planning to postpone thousands of non emergency operations today, because of the public sector unions striking over pension changes.Patients across the UK have been sent letters warning them of the disruption. Diagnostic tests and outpatient appointments will also be delayed, but hospitals insist emergency and critical care will not be affected. Managers […]

Three quarters of nurses don’t have time to talk to patients

Three out of four nurses lack the time to talk to patients, a major survey of NHS trusts has revealed.The results of a survey involving almost 3,000 nurses by researchers at King’s College London will prompt further alarm over the standards of care in the NHS. A quarter admit they are too busy to administer […]