The Royal College of Nursing’s London branch has launched a campaign to ensure hospitals are properly staffed to take care of the capital’s patients.
The college said the move was in response to Sir Bruce Keogh’s review into 14 hospitals with higher than expected mortality rates. The review reports, published on 16 July, highlighted staffing shortages at all of the hospitals investigated.
Last week RCN London wrote to every NHS trust in its region calling on them to ensure safe levels of staffing and publish a staffing report every six months.
The college noted that, despite financial pressures, official figures suggested London as a whole had seen an increase in nurses since 2010. But it said its members had raised concerns that the overall figures could be masking downgraded posts and cuts to leadership positions.
RCN London regional director Bernell Bussue said: “Sir Bruce Keogh drew a direct line between staffing numbers, skill mix and good quality care.
“The review teams found inadequate numbers of nursing staff in a number of ward areas, particularly out of hours. This was compounded by an over-reliance on unregistered support staff and temporary staff.”
He added: “None of the 14 hospitals studied by the Keogh report were in London. However, we cannot be complacent.”
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