In the news today from BBC Health News they say that health trusts head for Italy to recruit nurses.
It says that two Cumbrian health trusts are travelling to Italy next month to try to recruit more nurses. It comes as a nursing union claims patients are being put at risk across England because of staff shortages. The North Cumbrian Hospitals Trust and the Cumbria Partnership Trust, which runs community and some mental health services, hope to bring in up to 60 new staff.
The North Cumbria trust says recruitment is an on-going battle, but 45 new nurses have recently been recruited. Nationally the Royal College of Nursing says the NHS is 40,000 nurses below what they believe is required.
The Royal College of Nursing says it is calling on the Scottish government to take action now to address nursing workforce shortages in health and social care, as the latest statistics from NHS Scotland reveal the highest ever vacancy rate, with over 4,000 nursing posts unfilled.
Commenting on the statistics published today (3 September 2019) Theresa Fyffe, Director of RCN Scotland said: “Today’s figures reflect the pressures faced by Scotland’s NHS. Across both acute and community settings, there are simply too few nursing staff. Only last week Audit Scotland highlighted the Scottish government’s failure to model future demand and address workforce pressures.
“The number of nurses and health care support workers in both our NHS and care home sector is simply not keeping pace with the number of people they are expected to care for. Our members repeatedly tell us that there isn’t enough of them to do their job properly.
Can this awful situation get any worse?
Source: BBC Health News