Remember when hospitals were asked to publish their nurse staffing levels in the wake of the Francis report into care failings at Mid Staffordshire?
The government made a huge gamble when it removed the student bursary – and unfortunately it has not paid off.
It is hardly surprising to hear from the Royal College of Nursing that nine out of 10 of the 50 largest NHS hospital trusts have a number of nurses that is below what their management planned.
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Over the last few weeks I have found myself wondering what I would do if I had a child with a similar condition to Charlie Gard, the terminally ill baby whose parents unsuccessfully challenged Great Ormond Street Hospital for the right to take him to the US for experimental treatment. Would I grasp at every possible treatment or accept the professional judgement of the team caring for my child?
The radio was awash with mental health nurses, former nurses and experts commenting on the health service on Monday, following Jeremy Hunt’s announcement that he’s going to find 21,000 more health professionals for the sector, as part of an “ambitious” workforce plan.
A letter to NHS HR directors has revealed it would be possible for the rules on joining the UK register for overseas nurses and midwives to be changed pretty quickly.
At the Nursing Times Deputies’ Congress, taking place this week, we asked the audience if they thought the country had the right strategy to handle the nursing workforce crisis we face. I was hardly surprised when 96% of the delegates thought it did not.
We are losing nurses, and the government needs to act now.
Huge congratulations to Eleanor Smith, one of the latest nurses to enter Parliament after the recent general election.