Figures Show Government Must Address NHS Recruitment Crisis

WCH 1West Cumbria MP, Jamie Reed has repeated his calls for Government to get a grip on the recruitment crisis facing the NHS in Cumbria.

This comes as the NHS Staff Survey revealed that 58% of staff at North Cumbria University believe there are not enough staff at the organisation for them to do their job properly.  A third of staff also say they are unable to meet all the conflicting demands on their time.  12% of staff also say they work six or more unpaid hours each week on top of their existing hours.

Copeland MP, Jamie Reed has put the blame firmly at the door of the Government citing numerous Government policies for the recruitment crisis.  The local MP accused the Government of ‘making it harder to train, recruit and retain medical staff of all grades.’

Copeland MP, Jamie Reed said:

“Through refusing to intervene to address the ongoing recruitment crisis in our NHS, locally and nationally, the Government are failing the NHS and staff and it is patients that will pay the price.

“The latest figures show that fewer than half of local NHS staff think there are enough staff.  Our doctors, nurses, admin staff, cleaners, porters and all staff do their utmost to provide high quality care to patients, but the Government are putting them in an impossible position.

“The NHS Staff Survey shows that North Cumbria University Hospitals Trust are making progress, but through cutting training places, by making it more expensive for trainee nurses and by shattering morale of medics, the Government are making it harder to train, recruit and retain medical staff of all grades.  The Government must get a grip and tackle this crisis.”