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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…
Growing staff shortages in mental health care are affecting the quality and safety of care, a new report has warned. Meanwhile the funding gap between the amount spent on acute hospitals and mental health trusts has widened in England, the authors claimed. The new report, by health think tank The…
Recruiting more men and ethnic minority staff could help the childcare sector find the 11,000 new workers it needs to fulfil a flagship Scottish Government pledge to double the hours of free care. Ministers have committed to increasing the amount of funded childcare for eligible two-year-olds as well as all…
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…
Centenarians, pre-school children and babies are among tens of thousands of people whose details are stored on internal council databases due to their deemed potential threat to staff, an investigation has found. Authorities across England identified more than 25,000 service users whose details are flagged on registers sometimes referred to…
Assaults on emergency service workers have reached a three-year high, according to official figures. A total of 6,509 common assaults were recorded on police, fire and ambulance workers across Scotland in 2016/17, equivalent to more than 17 per day. The number of attacks is likely to be higher as this…
If you work in social care, chances are high that you once chose your profession out of a genuine desire to help other people. It’s an advantage you have over other jobs, where it can be more difficult to find meaning. Yet even if you work in a career you…
A Scottish health board is redeploying office staff and postponing non-urgent procedures amid soaring demand for accident-and-emergency (A&E) services across the country. NHS Lanarkshire said its three hospital sites at Hairmyres, Wishaw and Monklands had been "inundated" over the festive period and "exceptional measures" were necessary to ensure patient safety.…
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…