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The number of vacant nursing posts reached a new high of 34,260 last year, with some areas only recruiting one nurse for every 400 jobs advertised - revealing a staffing "crisis", it has been warned. Official figures showed there were almost 88,000 vacancies across the NHS in England in the…
Doctors' leaders have expressed concern over "widespread" rota gaps. The British Medical Association said that staffing and financial pressures facing the NHS were leading to delays in treatment and doctors "juggling" large numbers of patients. The comments came after a poll of 900 doctors from across the UK found many…
The NHS in England is in a "dangerous downward spiral" by "haemorrhaging" nurses, experts have warned. The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) urged ministers to act after new analysis concluded more than 10% of the nursing workforce left NHS employment in each of the past three years. BBC analysis of…
Northern Ireland's chief nursing officer has warned that the health service cannot continue its heavy reliance on agency workers to bolster staffing levels. Professor Charlotte McArdle (pictured) also said that unless a health transformation programme is up and running within the next two to three years the already under-pressure health…
More than 600 nurses are to be recruited from the Philippines in an attempt to plug Northern Ireland's chronic nursing shortage. The region's health service is running on a shortage of 1,500 nurses - 10% below capacity - with health chiefs warning of a difficult year ahead. A lack of…
Patients become less satisfied with the care provided in hospitals if they believe there are not enough nurses on the ward, according to a new study. Researchers from the University of Southampton found that only 14% of patients who reported there was never or rarely enough nurses on the hospital…
Having a health service without a workforce plan is "dangerous", a union in Northern Ireland said. Antrim Area Hospital invited well-trained St John Ambulance volunteers to help keep patients company as they awaited emergency treatment on a busy New Year's Eve. The Royal College of Nursing said it was an…
Jeremy Hunt has attempted to play down Labour estimates which suggest the NHS has more than 100,000 vacant posts. The Health Secretary claimed a desire for more nurses and reforms to mental health services had created vacancies, adding that a plan to develop the NHS and social care workforce has…
The NHS needs radical action to improve working conditions, boost training and retention and become a ‘model employer’ for staff, a report on the future of the health and care workforce has concluded. Facing the Facts, Shaping the Future, A health and care workforce strategy for England to 2027 is…
A children's unit at a busy hospital will close for a day because of staff shortages. Bosses at NHS Lothian announced the children's short stay assessment unit at St John's Hospital in Livingston will be closed on Saturday December 9. Staffing and recruitment issues forced the health board to close…
One in four of the nation's nurses is obese, a new study suggests. With almost half of English nurses over the age of 45, this "poses a likely future burden of ill health for the healthcare workforce", researchers said. Experts said the figures were "deeply worrying". Meanwhile, one in three…
More than one in 20 nurses have been forced to take out a payday loan to cover their everyday expenses, a new poll suggests. The Royal College of Nursing's (RCN) workforce survey found that 6% of nurses have been forced to take out one of the high interest rate loans…
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