Nursing Cuts ‘to the bone’ Put Patients at Risk According to a New Study

Nursing Cuts ‘to the bone’ Put Patients at Risk According to a New Study

Patients’ health is at stake due to a cut of 20000 nurses from NHS hospitals a new report has warned ministers.
Nearly one in six nursing posts are not filled at some hospitals according to responses taken from a freedom of information request used by the Royal College of Nursing (RCN).
The chief executive of the RCN Dr Peter Carter feels that the health service in on course to be hit by “a workforce crisis” due to some hospitals reducing their staffing levels “down to the bone”.
Official NHS workforce data shows that 3859 full time equivalent nursing midwifery and health-visiting posts have been cut since the 2010 election. This works out at 6468 as many members of NHS staff work part-time.
However RCN say that vacancy rates illustrate a wider gap between the staff numbers who have a post and the number required so that patient care is high-quality.
The Freedom of information requests to 61 of the 161 trusts found that out of the nursing workforce vacancy rate was 6% on average an increase from the 2.5% recorded previous to when the NHS stopped collecting vacancy data in 2011.
If you applied the 6% average across the trusts then 20000 full-time positions are vacant and hospitals are short of nearly 34000 nurses taking the part-time staff members into account.
Richard Coulthard Head of Stress at Work at Michael Lewin Solicitors said:
‘‘The continued cuts in NHS staffing levels not only posses a risk to patients but to staff as well. The reality is that the NHS will expect the nurses and other staff to continue to manage the same workload if not an increasing workload but with reduced staff and resources. There will be no provision of further support for staff and this will inevitably lead to staff suffering stress related illness. This may involve potentially lengthy absences from work which invariably causes an even greater risk to patients’
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