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Plymouth nurses raise staff shortage concerns

Nursing staff at Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust are claiming patient’s lives are being put at risk because of staff shortages

Nearly 40 staff on Derriford hospital’s Crownhill ward have sent a letter to union representatives and trust managers in which they allege that under staffing levels have led to pressure and stress and put patients’ lives at risk.

The letter, leaked to a local newspaper, calls on managers to look at ways of improving working conditions on the wards at the hospital.

Paula Vasco-Knight, the trust’s chief nurse and deputy chief executive, said she was ‘disappointed’ that the nurses had not come to her with their concerns. But, as a temporary measure, the trust had decided to use agency nurses to meet understaffing issues, she said.

‘Patient safety and staff morale has had to come first,’ she added.

Readers' comments (2)

  • We empathise with the nurses at Plymouth and would be interested to know how many other Trusts could say the same thing?

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  • What a sad indicment of today's modern nursing management when a hospitals' Chief Nurse is 'disappointed' when her nursing staff don't take their concerns with regards understaffing to her - SHE IS THE CHIEF NURSE, she should be well aware that her wards are understaffed and should not have to be shamed into providing extra resources. When Matron was in charge, she knew everything that was occuring in the hospital - we need to get back to less management speak and more direct management action when it is needed and once again make patient care the focus of hospitals.

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