A trust in Yorkshire is asking porters and cleaners to feed older patients due to a shortage of nurses.
Managers at Mid Yorkshire Hospitals Trust want non-clinical staff to spend two hours of their working week assisting nurses with basic duties on wards.
The idea has been adopted at the trust’s three hospitals in Wakefield, Dewsbury and Pontefract. The trust recently cut more than 60 nursing posts in order to save £20m.
The Royal College of Nursing has expressed “huge reservations” about the move, warning that patients will not be properly cared for because the staff involved do not have clinical training.
But managers at Mid Yorkshire insist their plans will help provide patients with the “best possible care” and give non-medical staff the chance to gain more experience of working directly with patients.
Should porters and cleaners be asked to fill staffing gaps? What do you think?