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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…
Significant reform and radical solutions need to be considered to provide the essential services older and vulnerable people in Wales will need according to the National Assembly’s Finance Committee. In a new report 'The cost of caring for an ageing population', it found that adult social care costs are likely…
A shortage of nursing staff is hampering the delivery of a comprehensive mental health service at a Scottish prison, it has been found. Inspectors said much has been done to improve the situation at HMP & YOI Grampian in Peterhead since its standard of health and well-being was graded poor…
More than 2.5 million patients across England may see their local surgery close in the next five years because of the high numbers of GPs at risk of leaving the profession - causing a "catastrophic" effect on patient care, health leaders have warned. The Royal College of GPs (RCGP) said…
There are around 110,000 unfilled posts in the adult social care workforce in England, according to a new report. The majority of vacancies, 76,000, are for hands-on care workers, according to a report by the charity Skills for Care - which focuses on workforce development in adult social care in…
The NHS is struggling to fill shifts around the clock as it deals with a new generation of workers who want flexible working, it has been claimed. Young people joining the health service have high expectations of their employer and want more say over when they work, a trust chief…
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,…
Health leaders have warned a law to ensure safe staffing in the NHS will not achieve its objective as it currently stands. A panel of expert witnesses told Holyrood’s Health Committee they had serious concerns about the Scottish Government’s Health and Care (Staffing) (Scotland) Bill. The legislation will mean NHS…
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 NHS could face paying tens of millions a year in extra immigration costs after Brexit, the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) has warned. Analysis by the RCP suggested that rising costs, coupled with the potential for European Union nationals to face similar charges to non-EU medics for the first…
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…
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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