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The Welsh Government has announced their search has started for Wales’ next Older People’s Commissioner. Created in 2008, the role of Older People’s Commissioner for Wales is the independent voice and champion for older people aged 60 and over across Wales. The Commissioner’s work is driven by what older people…
Hospital nurses are having to take on catering duties because of "extreme" staffing issues. The move at Portree Hospital on Skye has been branded "completely inappropriate" and raised fears over patient safety. NHS Highland asked the nurses to do the work of kitchen staff as they had been moved to…
Nurseries and other childcare providers will "likely" recruit new staff from other parts of the care sector as the industry expands in a bid to meet a flagship Scottish Government target, a new report has warned. Ministers are committed to increasing the number of hours of free childcare eligible youngsters…
The healthcare industry is continuously under fire in the news recently, with extreme staff shortages and poor working conditions hitting the headlines. This is becoming a large problem, especially bearing in mind that the UK’s ageing population is in constant need of high standards of care. The pressure is on…
Plans to sell off a major NHS staffing agency have been abandoned by the Government. Health Minister Philip Dunne said that NHS Professionals (NHSP) will remain in public ownership as offers to buy a bulk share were considered to have undervalued it. The Government announced in 2016 that it intended…
The NHS will pay agencies up to £100 million to recruit GPs from abroad in a bid to increase staffing numbers. International recruitment is hoped to begin in the autumn, a contract notice posted by NHS England said, with between 2-3,000 doctors anticipated to come from overseas. It comes as…
A projected rise in the number of nursing and midwifery staff working in Scotland's NHS is not enough to keep pace with increasing patient demand, a representative body has warned. The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) Scotland said ministers and health boards have not yet done enough to address pressures…
The Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) has today published the 2016 Mental Health Officers’ Report. The statistics show the number of mental health officers (MHO) has gone up by 5.4% to 722 in December 2016. The report is based on administrative data collected by the SSSC directly from local authorities…
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