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NHS Faces Nurses Crisis

In recent times, the NHS has been facing a little fall in the number of nurses who were working in England. According to the figures, between 2017 and 2018 there has been a fall of 148 nurses in the NHS of England. This number includes whole time equivalent nurses as well as health visitors. The report further discusses that the fall from 285,893 to 285,745 does not includes those working in primary care. This information came from an NHS Digital report. There is a huge difference between the rise and fall of WTE nurses, health visitor’s report and the report on the WTE midwives and clinical support workers.

The report shows that in terms of the WTE midwives and clinical support workers there has been a great rise in numbers from 2017 to 2018. WTE midwives have increased by 200 i.e. making the total reach 21,800 from 21,600. The same has happened in the case of clinical support workers, their number has increased by 5,020 making their total 318,000 in 2018.

The report further expresses that in primary care, the number of nurses involved in general practices have increased by 400, which adds to the total of 15,900 WTE in 2018. This is a great increase from the total 15,500 WTE in 2017. This report clearly states that there has been a little drop i.e. 0.2 % (435) in the number of WTE nurses & health visitors. This is confirmed when we go through another report which came up in February, stating that at 30th September 2017 the number of WTE nurses and health visitors stood at 284,000.

Today’s report clearly states that there has been an increase of nearly 19,800 in number of WTE staff employed by the NHS from March of 2017 to March of 2018. It also states that a number of 1.2 million of WTE staff has been employed across trusts, clinical commissioning groups, NHS support organisations, central bodies in England and general practice.

The NHS Digital report also points out that the NHS has employed 10,200 WTE senior managers and 22,400 WTE managers. The report also informs that healthcare workers in independent sectors numbers at 46,400 in March of 2018. The report highlights almost each and every important detail regarding the NHS staff.

According to the Royal College of Nursing the arrival of the new NHS report on the very day provides a fresh warning on the possibility of a Brexit “no deal”. According to Brexit secretary, Dominic Raab, the government has published the first 25 notices in terms of technical notices to agree terms over the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union. The notice includes issues such as workplace rights, blood products, research, new drug regulation and stockpiling of medicines. The RCN acting chief executive and general secretary, Dame Donna Kinnair said, “On the same day the government raises the alarm about the no deal cliff-edge, new workforce figures show nurse numbers have plummeted still further. For as long as the UK fails to train enough health care professionals of its own, recruiting from Europe and the wider world must be as easy as possible”.

She further stated, “Patients cannot be left high and dry without the medicines and the nurses they need. If the government sleepwalks into ‘no-deal’ it must protect patient interests and guarantee safe and effective care in law”.

October 7, 2018

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