Demand on NHS services is fast outstripping the staff levels.
There are 6% more staff in the NHS than three years ago. However, demand is three times as much.
This has caused health bosses to declare that staffing levels in the NHS are the prime concern.
It’s clear to see that the NHS is facing a dangerous situation. Patient safety is paramount, but they don’t have the staff levels to be able to deliver.
Yet, still, the Department of Health insists plans are in place with rises in training place numbers for nurses and doctors.
According to NHS Providers, that represents health chiefs, there is no ‘coherent or credible’ overarching strategy. It cannot be guaranteed that the increase in training places will help.
They also note that Brexit is already having an effect. EU staff are facing much more uncertainty. Not only about jobs but also future careers in the NHS.
In the last year, there has been a decrease in EU nurses and midwives registering to work in the UK. 2700 fewer registrations.
Effects are being seen on the front line.
Unfortunately, people are suffering as a result.
The three closest Hospital trusts to us are:
- Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust – which covers the care at Queen Alexandra Hospital in Cosham
- University Hospital Southampton NHS Trust – which covers care at Southampton General Hospital and Princess Anne Hospital
- Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Trust – which covers care at St Richard’s hospital in Chichester, Worthing Hospital and Southlands Hospital in Shoreham-By-Sea
They have varying Care Quality Commission (CQC) results and also target results. None of the trusts are meeting targets on Planned operations and care.
Many people are having to wait more than 18 weeks for planned operations and care.
We know that this is leaving people in pain and uncertainty.
We highlighted this back at the end of August in this article. And ee explain one client’s wait for surgery and how things go wrong!
This client explains, “The wait for surgery was difficult. I felt like life was on hold. My husband would book time off for scheduled surgery, only to find it got cancelled!”
NHS statistics on their own are boring.
We are told so often about how well or not the NHS is performing. But, it doesn’t always show how this affects people.
Having surgery is a big deal. And for our client, she has a young family, works part-time, and has a husband who works full time. Things need to be arranged and organised for surgery.
It is worrying that many of the hospitals close to our Havant office are performing badly in targets. Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust has been viewed as needing improvement by the CQC.
All we can hope is that the Government wakes up to the real crisis. In the meantime, we will continue to support our clients in dealing with the effects of an NHS with safety levels of concern.