Roger Kline is co-author of "Professional accountability in health and social care: Challenging unacceptable practice and its management" (Sage 2012)
Roger is a special adviser to Public Concern at Work and an active supporter of Patients First.
Roger has worked as a trade union official for eight different trade unions
I find the comments on this article astonishing. The evidence is freely available and has not been challenged as Robert Wright points out. The problem is that at present we do no have a level playing field so we don't always appoint the best person for the job, we appoint "people like us". I do worry how people who don't understand discrimination against staff act in respect of health inequalities that may be linked to ethnicity? Worrying
It's time for trade unions, professional bodies and nurse/midwifery managers to insist nurses and midwives will NOT breach their duty of care - on the ground, in each department, supporting those who raise concerns.
Caution please: As 2012 minutes of NHS England suggest, previous reorganisations have almost certainly reduced the numbers of women, BME and (probably) disabled staff in senior positions.
Is it not possible that NHS sickness absence rates falling, not "despite rise in pressure" but because of the fear of taking time off work?
£0 to £414 millions? I'm not sure the data is all in one place to make ANY reliable estimate but "a 5% increase on current planned staffing levels" sounds hopelessly optimistic to me.