Labour Pledges 1,000 Extra Nurse Training Places to Ease Recruitment Crisis

Labour has launched an NHS rescue plan to create 1000 new nurse-training places this year and to put incentives in place to retain staff and encourage nurses to return to the profession.

Within the first 100 days of a Labour Government, they would pass an emergency budget to increase funding for the NHS.

North Cumbria University Hospitals Trust reviewed due to staffing level concerns

A Freedom of Information request has revealed that North Cumbria University Hospitals Trust was reviewed over a 6-month period between May and September last year by the Trust Development Authority because of concerns about staffing levels.

The Trust, also in special measures over concerns resulting from staff shortages, was one off 26 NHS Trusts that have had concerns raised over their staffing levels.

In the North West, nurse numbers haven’t kept pace with demand, worsening the recruitment crisis

New analysis of NHS workforce figures show that, over the past 5 years, the number of nurses has declined in relation to the population.  In the North West, the number of full-time equivalent nurses in December 2009 per 10,000 people was 63.62.  By December 2014 (the latest available data), this had declined to 62.88.  If the number of Nurses per 10,000 in 2009 had been maintained, there would be an extra 531 full time nurses working in the NHS in the North West.

Various reports have shown that issues at North Cumbria University Hospitals Trust are related to staff shortages and problems with recruitment.  This analysis of workforce statistics for the North West of England shows that the situation has worsened over the last five years.

Jamie Reed, Labour’s Parliamentary Candidate for Copeland and Shadow Health Minister, said:

“Under David Cameron, the NHS is in crisis.  More than half of nurses say their ward is dangerously understaffed and new figures show a third of NHS Trusts were investigated last year over safe staffing levels.

“NHS staff work tirelessly in incredibly trying circumstances to deliver high quality of care, but the fact is, under the Conservative, things are getting harder for them, not easier.  Report after report into healthcare in Cumbria shows that there just isn’t enough staff to cope.  The Government has repeatedly refused my requests for them to intervene to put an end to the local recruitment crisis, but Labour’s rescue plan will deliver more staff to ease the pressure on an over-worked workforce.

“Work-related stress and unpaid overtime are increasing, yet these figures show that things are getting worse on the Government’s watch.  Only Labour will give the NHS the resources it needs; you can’t trust the Tories with the NHS”
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