Safe Staffing Alliance Warning on Hospital Nurses Staffing Levels (BBC News / RCN)

Summary

The Safe Staffing Alliance has issued a warning about hospital ward staffing levels in England. The recommended nursing staff to patients ratio is thought to be 1 to 4, but is reported that hospital wards regularly have registered nurses looking after eight patients; which could be unsafe and lead to hurried “undignified” care.

The Safe Staffing Alliance, which includes the Royal College of Nursing, Unison and the Patients Association, wants situations where nurses have to look after high numbers of patients to be publicly recorded and investigated.

Read more: BBC News: Nurse leaders issue warning over staff numbers.

Reference

Nurse leaders issue warning over staff numbers. London: BBC Health News, May 12th 2013.

[A brief reference to this item features in Dementia and Elderly Care: the Latest Evidence Newsletter (RWNHST), Volume 3 Issue 7, May 2013].

Beyond Breaking Point? (RCN)

In September 2013 the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) issued a report based on a survey of over 2000 nursing staff, asserting patient care in the UK may be put at risk by staff cuts and excessive workloads. This report raises concerns about culture in the UK NHS hospitals; and also in community care.

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Beyond breaking point? A survey report of RCN members on health, wellbeing and stress. London: Royal College of Nursing (RCN), September 2013.

NHS Trust Overspends

A third of NHS trusts in England are forecasting going into financial deficit. More organisations are now in difficulty, and budget pressures are partly due to hospitals hiring more nurses.

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Reference

Jeffreys, B. (2014). More NHS trusts sliding into the red. London: BBC Health News, January 31st 2014.

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Rise in NHS foundation trusts with deficit, says Monitor. London: BBC Health News, February 22nd 2014.

Possibly of interest:

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Reference

Appleby, J. Humphries, R. Thompson, J. [and] Jabbal, J. (2014). How is the health and social care system performing? Quarterly monitoring report: January 2014. London: The King’s Fund, January 2014.

NHS foundation trusts in England are increasingly running up deficits:

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Reference

Health services finances ‘worsening’. London: BBC Health News, September 19th 2014.

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