That is the only conclusion to be drawn from new figures that show nurses are being replaced by cheaper, unqualified healthcare assistants.
It should come as no surprise to teachers – Tories have been allowing unqualified amateurs to teach our children since 2013. The reason? Because it is cheap.
That’s why patients at most of the 50 largest hospital trusts are now less likely to survive and recover from their illnesses; it should be obvious that being treated by unqualified staff will make this more likely.
Tories don’t care. They want your healthcare provided on the cheap. Here’s the reason for that:
That’s why student nurse bursaries have been axed – to make it harder for people to gain qualifications in nursing.
The Tories have been helped by Brexit, which means the NHS won’t benefit from foreign-born nursing staff.
And, of course, there’s the fact that Tories like to pay medical professionals starvation wages rather than a sum showing respect for the work they do.
Needless to say, the Tories are defending themselves by pointing out that they have announced an extra 10,000 places for nurses, midwives and allied health professionals by 2020.
But – as This Writer has already pointed out – who’s going to take up those places when staff are overstressed because they are overworked, and pay is poor?
Feel free to point this out to your Tory-voting, NHS-using neighbour.
Data shows more than half of the largest hospitals have tried to cope with staffing crisis by bringing more unregistered staff on shift.
And the situation is worse at night, when two thirds of hospitals use unregistered support staff.
“Nurses have degrees and expert training,” [Janet] Davies [or the Royal College of Nursing] said.
“To be blunt, the evidence shows patients stand a better chance of survival and recovery when there are more of them on the ward.”
Hospitals have been forced to publish their own staffing levels since 2014 in response to the Mid-Staffs hospitals scandal.
The union says across the country there are 40,000 nurse vacancies and has warned Brexit will only make matters worse.
The RCN says low pay is also to blame following seven years of real-terms wage cuts handed out by the Tory Government.
The Government’s decision to axe bursaries for student nurses has also been blamed as a factor in the recruitment crisis.
But a Department of Health spokesman insisted that overall the number of nurses is up since 2010, and that it plans to recruit thousands more in the coming years.
“Just this month we announced an extra 10,000 places for nurses, midwives and allied health professionals by 2020,” the spokesman said.
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