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Guidelines to ensure safe staffing levels in the NHS fall short

In July the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice) issued guidance on safe nurse staffing for hospitals in England. This work was commissioned by the government in response to recommendations in the Francis inquiry into the mid-Staffordshire NHS trust. Nice recommended a …

NHS staffing guidelines: it would be a mistake to set minimum levels

In the wake of the Francis inquiry and Berwick review, Nice's new safe staffing guidelines, for which I produced the statistical and economic analysis, may have caused surprise by stopping short of setting minimum staffing levels. Yet doing so would have been a mistake. It would have led to …

NHS hospital paid £1,800 for agency nurse on bank holiday

NHS hospitals across the country paid more than £1,000 for agency nurses and locum doctors to fill shifts on a public holiday, figures show.<p>One Bristol hospital paid £1,800 for a nurse on the May Day bank holiday, while another in Morecambe parted with £2,500 for a locum doctor to work the same day.<p>…

Nurses paid rates of £150 an hour to work bank holidays

Half of doctors working in some hospitals on bank holiday are agency staff, investigation finds<p>NHS hospitals are so short staffed on public holidays that they are paying nurses rates of almost £150 an hour, an investigation has found.<p>Figures from half of the country’s NHS trusts reveal that in some …

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NHS needs more money, say senior Tory and Lib Dem MPs

<b>The NHS needs more money to avoid a funding crisis, senior Conservative and Lib Dem MPs have warned.</b><p>Sarah Wollaston, Conservative chair of the Commons health select committee, said the NHS was facing "crunch time".<p>Her comments were echoed by Lib Dem former health minister Paul Burstow who warned …

Hospital dangerously short of nurses pays out six-figure sums to managers

Failing hospital hired dozens of interim managers on six-figure packages, with one being paid up to £540,000 a year<p>A failing hospital has paid at least 10 senior managers more than £200,000 a year despite providing unsafe care.<p>An investigation by The Telegraph can disclose that Medway Foundation …

The NHS is loved and efficient, so why the obsession with reform?

At University College Hospital, London, in the small hours of every morning, a nurse quietly checks the stools of patients reeling from the side-effects of their chemotherapy treatment for leukaemia. It is an unlovely but vital job. See or suspect anything untoward and immediately the system kicks …

Finance professionals have a role to play in the NHS

More than a year has passed since the reorganisation of the NHS in England, and April marked a new chapter as Simon Stevens took up his chief executive post. To mark a year on from the changes, the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA) took a snapshot looking at the attitudes of their …

Do Jeremy Hunt's NHS safety league tables focus on the right issue?

The superficial appeal of health secretary Jeremy Hunt's new safety league table obscures deeper questions about how to create a safety culture throughout the NHS.<p>As part of the government's Sign Up to Safety campaign, the NHS Choices website now carries a measure of "open and honest reporting" of …

Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust placed in special measures

<b>A failing health trust has been placed in special measures, meaning all Cumbria hospital trusts are now getting extra help to boost performance.</b><p>University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust was rated as inadequate in an inspection by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).<p>It said the Royal …

NHS nurses stretched to breaking point, says report

Half of nurses are working through breaks or beyond their shift, revealing a health service under severe strain, a report has warned.<p>A survey of almost 3,000 nurses by Unison showed that two-thirds believed they did not spend enough time with patients, which most said affected care.<p>Three out of …

Is a paperless NHS achievable by 2018? Live discussion

A year ago, the health secretary, Jeremy Hunt, set the NHS a challenge to become paperless by 2018.<p>The move is predicted to save the health service billions, improve services and, it is hoped, will assist in meeting the increasing needs of an ageing population.<p>A first step is to give people online …

NHS fraud could be as high as £5bn a year, says former health service official

Fraud may be costing the NHS £5bn a year, more than 20 times the government's official figures, with at least another £1bn being lost due to financial errors, according to a former senior official responsible for tackling the crime.<p>Jim Gee said the health service loses 7% of its budget annually to …

Mid-Staffs scandal: Nursing and Midwifery Council criticised

<b>The Nursing and Midwifery Council is facing more criticism over its handling of disciplinary cases in a report by the Professional Standards Authority.</b><p>In particular, the report highlights failings over the handling of cases relating to the scandal-hit Mid-Staffordshire NHS Trust.<p>Investigations were …

Doctors paid up to £3,000 a shift, official figures show

In struggling NHS A&E departments, locum doctors are being paid in excess of £1,000 per shift while consultants received more than £3,000 and nurses up to £1,600<p>Doctors are being paid as much as £3,000 per shift by NHS hospitals to fill “endemic” staff shortages in Accident & Emergency units, an …

Nurses 'emotionally exhausted' by demand for compassion

Constant demand to appear compassionate leaves nurses feeling stressed and exhausted<p>Nurses and midwives are becoming emotionally exhausted by the pressure to appear compassionate at all times, new research suggests.<p>A survey of 351 trainee nurses found that those who were required to show more …

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NHS hospitals suffer staffing crisis on top of scandals

Telegraph survey shows significant shortages of senior doctors and nurses in the NHS<p>Hospitals at the centre of patient-care scandals are facing significant shortages of senior doctors and nurses, a survey by the Telegraph has found.<p>Up to a fifth of posts for senior doctors and one in 10 positions …

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Safe Staffing Alliance | Demanding safe staffing levels to ensure quality nursing care

Getting ratios right, for the patients’ sake<p>When nursing is undervalued, care is inevitably undermined, say Alison Moore and Adele Waters.<p>Download PDF<p>…

Are we being fair to the NHS?

<b>Negative headlines about the NHS abound at the moment.</b><p>This week alone there has been stories about ambulances queuing, failing GP surgeries and over-stretched maternity units.<p>Then on Friday it emerged the A&E waiting time target had been missed for the first time this winter.<p>But is the health …

Four hospitals understaffed, says NHS watchdog

New in-depth inspections of four hospitals by the NHS watchdog have uncovered understaffing, problems in A&E, inadequate care of older people and patients facing long waits for treatment.<p>The Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspectors, using recently beefed-up powers to assess hospitals' performance, …

Patient safety: NHS middle managers can bridge gap between ward and board

There is a common theme running through recent reports into patient safety in the NHS: the failure of organisations to pick up and act upon concerns emanating from the front line.<p>Francis, Berwick, Keogh et al quite rightly identify that breaks in the information chain between day-to-day clinical …

Hospitals in England told to publish staffing levels

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/health/1029000/1029258_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1524750707_4e3009a6b77be7cc1d53a65d238304d6<p><b>Hospitals in England are to be made to publish monthly details of whether they have enough nurses on their wards.</b><p>From April, patients will be able to …

Are there enough nurses in the NHS?

<b>Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has pledged to restore trust in the NHS in his response to the public inquiry into the Stafford Hospital scandal.</b><p>Central to his plans is the move to get hospitals to be open about whether they have enough staff on their wards.<p>The measure has been widely welcomed, but it …

Government to order urgent action on staffing levels

Does 'the goverment' actually control any of this stuff ?<p>Hasn't this goverment deliberately introduced a [rather complex and arguably fragmented] …

Nurse leaders divided over minimum staffing levels

I can't say I'm surprised by the attitude of these three senior nurses. The one simple measure that the government could introduce that would benefit …

Plain and simple: the NHS needs more staff

So, maternity units are turning away mothers-to-be because of midwife shortages (Midwife shortage forces maternity units to turn mothers-to-be away, 8 November)? Tell me something I don't know. As someone who has worked at the coal face in the NHS for over 25 years, this story merely confirms what …

Shortage of 20,000 nurses in NHS, report warns

Patients are being left to suffer because of a shortage of 20,000 nurses, with one in 20 positions now unfilled, a Royal College of Nursing report has claimed.<p>Nurse leaders said that safety was being jeopardised because of widespread shortages after NHS trusts froze vacant posts in a bid to save …

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Union claims nursing hit by 'hidden workforce crisis'

<b>NHS trusts trying to recruit more nurses in the wake of the Mid Staffs scandal may struggle, a nursing union is warning.</b><p>The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) says there are nearly 20,000 unfilled posts in England.<p>And it says more than a fifth of trusts are recruiting nurses from abroad.<p>The government …

The NHS works best when it focuses on the patient

In my small neck of the NHS, things seem to get marginally better and faster. Three weeks ago, my left leg swelled up, and my GP, fearing it may have been a deep vein thrombosis, zapped me down to one of our local hospitals. One of the great things about the NHS, and my GP in particular, is that …

Stress on nurses putting patients at risk, warns RCN

Patient care is being jeopardised by the pressure put on nurses, a new report suggests.<p>UK patients are at risk because of nursing staff cuts and excessive workloads, the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) said. The professional organisation said there was unprecedented stress on nurses, leading to many …