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NHS hospitals are "plugging the care gap" with healthcare assistants where they are struggling to recruit nurses, a new report suggests.The document, by BPP University School of Nursing, states that while nursing positions rose by 0.5% between December 2015 to December 2017, the number of healthcare assistants rose by 6.5%.The…
There have been "savage" cuts to the number of health visitors in England, Labour has warned.New analysis by the party suggests the number of health visitors has been cut by 8% in just one year.It said babies and toddlers are missing out on vital health checks as a result.Labour said…
Staffing levels in the NHS are "inadequate" for patients to be receiving quality care, a major new poll of doctors suggest. A survey of more than 7,800 clinicians from across the UK found that 91% feel staffing levels in the NHS are inadequate to deliver quality patient care. The poll,…
More than 100 cases of alleged poor care are to be reviewed at a beleaguered maternity unit, it has been reported. The number of cases at Shrewsbury and Telford Hospitals Trust to be considered by an independent review has risen to 104, the Health Service Journal (HSJ) said. Senior midwife…
NHS staff in Wales, including nurses and midwives, have agreed a new three year pay deal worth 6.5%. The agreement matches one announced in England earlier this year, and goes beyond in some areas, said the Welsh government. Pay bands will be restructured to include higher starting rates and there…
Some NHS staff choose not to get the flu vaccine because they wrongly believe it could make them ill, England's top nurse has said. Professor Jane Cummings, chief nurse for England, said some "myths" persist around the vaccine, including among NHS workers, with the "big one" being that it gives…
The number of NHS staff vacancies has increased and is expected to rise further by the end of year, new figures show. There were 107,743 vacancies in England at the end of June, up from 98,475 in March and bucking a downward trend seen in 2017/18, according to a quarterly…
The parents of a 10-year-old boy who suffers from a form of cerebral palsy as a result of being starved of oxygen during birth have agreed a damages package approaching £10 million with hospital bosses, a High Court judge has been told. Mr Justice Lavender approved a settlement between the…
NHS staff will be asked what needs to be done to make them feel safe and secure at work in the largest ever health and care engagement exercise. Health Secretary Matt Hancock will use a speech at Southmead Hospital in Bristol on Monday to announce plans to give all 3.1…
One in four student nurses are dropping out of their degrees before graduation, figures show. Data obtained by nursing journal Nursing Standard and the charity the Health Foundation indicates that of 16,544 UK nursing students who began three-year degrees due to finish in 2017, 4,027 left their courses early or…
Dozens of cases of poor care have reportedly been found at a maternity unit already under investigation for failing families. More than 60 babies and mothers are feared to have died or suffered serious injuries at Shrewsbury and Telford Hospitals Trust, according to the Health Service Journal (HSJ). Senior midwife…
The NHS could free up £480 million a year to reinvest in services if trusts filled temporary vacancies with workers from a "staff bank" instead of using expensive staffing agencies, a report has said. Temporary employees supplied by agencies, including doctors and nurses, cost on average 20% more than those…
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