More nurses wanted in East Lancashire

Steve Flanagan warns of a hidden workforce crisis

Steve Flanagan warns of a hidden workforce crisis

First published in East Lancashire Chorley Citizen: Photograph of the Author by , Health Reporter

NURSING chiefs have warned of a severe shortage of new recruits – at a time when the NHS needs them most.

The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) said more than one in 20 nursing posts in England was vacant, with many hospitals desperately trying to increase staffing levels.

East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust had around 140 vacant posts last month and has been forced to look abroad to help fill positions.

Ten nurses are being drafted in from Portugal, with another coming in from Italy.

The vacancy rate for all staff across the trust is just above six per cent.

The RCN said many hospitals have held posts vacant to meet savings targets, but have recently started recruiting amid concerns about staffing levels across the NHS.

Steve Flanagan, regional director for the union, said: “We sit on the verge of a hidden workforce crisis. We know many trusts across the North West are down to the bone in terms of the number of frontline nursing staff. They have frozen posts and cut back in order to save money.

“Nearly 20,000 full-time vacancies across hospitals in England, and at least 1,652 in the North West, means that the scale of understaffing is much more severe than we’ve been led to believe.”.

He pointed out that understaffing featured heavily in the report by NHS chief Sir Bruce Keogh, published in July, which made wide-ranging criticisms of East Lancs hospitals.

Bosses at the Royal Blackburn and Burnley General hospitals have since recruited more than 60 nurses and healthcare assistants, as a direct response to that report.

Victoria Robinson, head of recruitment at East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust, said: “The trust has been increasing its nurse staffing levels since August 2013. We are recruiting full time, band five staff nurses – 93 are now in the latter stages of the recruitment process and 30 vacancies are still available.

“The trust will shortly be launching a social media recruitment campaign to attract applications from across the UK and I would encourage registered nurses who want a new challenge and a commitment to their development to apply for vacancies now at www.elht.nhs.uk”

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4:12pm Wed 13 Nov 13

shytalk says...

It should never of come to this. Bad management and bad government. The Conservatives have had over three years to sort out some of the problems with the NHS and it is what they haven't done amongst other things.
Do not blame labour. They have not been in government for three years.
If you do not like Labour then please vote UKIP at the next election or anyone else but please do not vote tory, or you too could be the next person waiting in a corridor in A&E for 12hrs waiting to be treated for a heart attack.
It should never of come to this. Bad management and bad government. The Conservatives have had over three years to sort out some of the problems with the NHS and it is what they haven't done amongst other things. Do not blame labour. They have not been in government for three years. If you do not like Labour then please vote UKIP at the next election or anyone else but please do not vote tory, or you too could be the next person waiting in a corridor in A&E for 12hrs waiting to be treated for a heart attack. shytalk
  • Score: -1

4:59pm Wed 13 Nov 13

mavrick says...

It is a sad state of affairs when extremely bad government policies and poor management caused this terrible shortage. professional people were micro managed by morons to the point they voted with their feet. I notice the poor managers are still in post. we had some of the best nurses and doctors in the country, they were insulted by moronic managers offering them short term contracts. I sincerely hope lessons have been learned and people will think hard at the next election, The Tories and the libdems are not to be trusted with the NHS. No matter what, people want the NHS and will defend it at all costs. politicians beware. I look forward to the NHS returning to what it used to be like before the the coalition slashed its budgets.
It is a sad state of affairs when extremely bad government policies and poor management caused this terrible shortage. professional people were micro managed by morons to the point they voted with their feet. I notice the poor managers are still in post. we had some of the best nurses and doctors in the country, they were insulted by moronic managers offering them short term contracts. I sincerely hope lessons have been learned and people will think hard at the next election, The Tories and the libdems are not to be trusted with the NHS. No matter what, people want the NHS and will defend it at all costs. politicians beware. I look forward to the NHS returning to what it used to be like before the the coalition slashed its budgets. mavrick
  • Score: 6

5:08pm Wed 13 Nov 13

liddle 'un says...

shytalk wrote:
It should never of come to this. Bad management and bad government. The Conservatives have had over three years to sort out some of the problems with the NHS and it is what they haven't done amongst other things.
Do not blame labour. They have not been in government for three years.
If you do not like Labour then please vote UKIP at the next election or anyone else but please do not vote tory, or you too could be the next person waiting in a corridor in A&E for 12hrs waiting to be treated for a heart attack.
LOL, are you only three years old?

What about the previous 13 years when Labour were throwing (our) money around like there was no tomorrow and getting this country into obscene levels of debt?
[quote][p][bold]shytalk[/bold] wrote: It should never of come to this. Bad management and bad government. The Conservatives have had over three years to sort out some of the problems with the NHS and it is what they haven't done amongst other things. Do not blame labour. They have not been in government for three years. If you do not like Labour then please vote UKIP at the next election or anyone else but please do not vote tory, or you too could be the next person waiting in a corridor in A&E for 12hrs waiting to be treated for a heart attack.[/p][/quote]LOL, are you only three years old? What about the previous 13 years when Labour were throwing (our) money around like there was no tomorrow and getting this country into obscene levels of debt? liddle 'un
  • Score: 3

5:16pm Wed 13 Nov 13

shytalk says...

liddle 'un wrote:
shytalk wrote:
It should never of come to this. Bad management and bad government. The Conservatives have had over three years to sort out some of the problems with the NHS and it is what they haven't done amongst other things.
Do not blame labour. They have not been in government for three years.
If you do not like Labour then please vote UKIP at the next election or anyone else but please do not vote tory, or you too could be the next person waiting in a corridor in A&E for 12hrs waiting to be treated for a heart attack.
LOL, are you only three years old?

What about the previous 13 years when Labour were throwing (our) money around like there was no tomorrow and getting this country into obscene levels of debt?
Think you will find it was tory bankers speculating on poison American sub prime lending that got us into this recession ( Think you will also find that there is a world wide recession ). Labour may not of been perfect and they sure as hell made a lot of mistakes,
Thing is the tories are in power now and after three years we have even higher levels of debt, record levels of unemployment, and the NHS in bits.
Even a three year old can see this. unfortunately tories don't have the brains to see it.
[quote][p][bold]liddle 'un[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]shytalk[/bold] wrote: It should never of come to this. Bad management and bad government. The Conservatives have had over three years to sort out some of the problems with the NHS and it is what they haven't done amongst other things. Do not blame labour. They have not been in government for three years. If you do not like Labour then please vote UKIP at the next election or anyone else but please do not vote tory, or you too could be the next person waiting in a corridor in A&E for 12hrs waiting to be treated for a heart attack.[/p][/quote]LOL, are you only three years old? What about the previous 13 years when Labour were throwing (our) money around like there was no tomorrow and getting this country into obscene levels of debt?[/p][/quote]Think you will find it was tory bankers speculating on poison American sub prime lending that got us into this recession ( Think you will also find that there is a world wide recession ). Labour may not of been perfect and they sure as hell made a lot of mistakes, Thing is the tories are in power now and after three years we have even higher levels of debt, record levels of unemployment, and the NHS in bits. Even a three year old can see this. unfortunately tories don't have the brains to see it. shytalk
  • Score: 0

5:29pm Wed 13 Nov 13

thornintheside0 says...

All parties are to blame for this sad state of affairs. Labour took on the internal market that the Tories has started . This then brought in the 'know-the-cost-of-ev
erything-but the- value of-nothing-managers ' who then stripped away at services thinking they were saving money. In the short term yes they were, but in the middle to long term no as is evidenced by the current shortage of nurses and it will get worse.
All parties are to blame for this sad state of affairs. Labour took on the internal market that the Tories has started . This then brought in the 'know-the-cost-of-ev erything-but the- value of-nothing-managers ' who then stripped away at services thinking they were saving money. In the short term yes they were, but in the middle to long term no as is evidenced by the current shortage of nurses and it will get worse. thornintheside0
  • Score: 6

6:32pm Wed 13 Nov 13

liddle 'un says...

shytalk wrote:
liddle 'un wrote:
shytalk wrote:
It should never of come to this. Bad management and bad government. The Conservatives have had over three years to sort out some of the problems with the NHS and it is what they haven't done amongst other things.
Do not blame labour. They have not been in government for three years.
If you do not like Labour then please vote UKIP at the next election or anyone else but please do not vote tory, or you too could be the next person waiting in a corridor in A&E for 12hrs waiting to be treated for a heart attack.
LOL, are you only three years old?

What about the previous 13 years when Labour were throwing (our) money around like there was no tomorrow and getting this country into obscene levels of debt?
Think you will find it was tory bankers speculating on poison American sub prime lending that got us into this recession ( Think you will also find that there is a world wide recession ). Labour may not of been perfect and they sure as hell made a lot of mistakes,
Thing is the tories are in power now and after three years we have even higher levels of debt, record levels of unemployment, and the NHS in bits.
Even a three year old can see this. unfortunately tories don't have the brains to see it.
I think you have been listening to the left-wing BBC too much.

Nobody held a gun at Gordon Brown's head, the debt he saturated this country with has nothing to do with bankers. He took a huge punt on the continued growth of the economy which anyone with half a brain could see was unsustainable.

Brown was a typical socialist, clueless at managing an economy, spend and spend until its all gone. Now it will be for tomorrow's generations to pick up the pieces from this socialist inspired mess.

Anyhow, looks like Osborne's policies are slowly turning around the economy which is making the two twerps, Miliband and especially Balls, look pretty stupid.
[quote][p][bold]shytalk[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]liddle 'un[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]shytalk[/bold] wrote: It should never of come to this. Bad management and bad government. The Conservatives have had over three years to sort out some of the problems with the NHS and it is what they haven't done amongst other things. Do not blame labour. They have not been in government for three years. If you do not like Labour then please vote UKIP at the next election or anyone else but please do not vote tory, or you too could be the next person waiting in a corridor in A&E for 12hrs waiting to be treated for a heart attack.[/p][/quote]LOL, are you only three years old? What about the previous 13 years when Labour were throwing (our) money around like there was no tomorrow and getting this country into obscene levels of debt?[/p][/quote]Think you will find it was tory bankers speculating on poison American sub prime lending that got us into this recession ( Think you will also find that there is a world wide recession ). Labour may not of been perfect and they sure as hell made a lot of mistakes, Thing is the tories are in power now and after three years we have even higher levels of debt, record levels of unemployment, and the NHS in bits. Even a three year old can see this. unfortunately tories don't have the brains to see it.[/p][/quote]I think you have been listening to the left-wing BBC too much. Nobody held a gun at Gordon Brown's head, the debt he saturated this country with has nothing to do with bankers. He took a huge punt on the continued growth of the economy which anyone with half a brain could see was unsustainable. Brown was a typical socialist, clueless at managing an economy, spend and spend until its all gone. Now it will be for tomorrow's generations to pick up the pieces from this socialist inspired mess. Anyhow, looks like Osborne's policies are slowly turning around the economy which is making the two twerps, Miliband and especially Balls, look pretty stupid. liddle 'un
  • Score: 2

7:05pm Wed 13 Nov 13

shytalk says...

liddle 'un wrote:
shytalk wrote:
liddle 'un wrote:
shytalk wrote:
It should never of come to this. Bad management and bad government. The Conservatives have had over three years to sort out some of the problems with the NHS and it is what they haven't done amongst other things.
Do not blame labour. They have not been in government for three years.
If you do not like Labour then please vote UKIP at the next election or anyone else but please do not vote tory, or you too could be the next person waiting in a corridor in A&E for 12hrs waiting to be treated for a heart attack.
LOL, are you only three years old?

What about the previous 13 years when Labour were throwing (our) money around like there was no tomorrow and getting this country into obscene levels of debt?
Think you will find it was tory bankers speculating on poison American sub prime lending that got us into this recession ( Think you will also find that there is a world wide recession ). Labour may not of been perfect and they sure as hell made a lot of mistakes,
Thing is the tories are in power now and after three years we have even higher levels of debt, record levels of unemployment, and the NHS in bits.
Even a three year old can see this. unfortunately tories don't have the brains to see it.
I think you have been listening to the left-wing BBC too much.

Nobody held a gun at Gordon Brown's head, the debt he saturated this country with has nothing to do with bankers. He took a huge punt on the continued growth of the economy which anyone with half a brain could see was unsustainable.

Brown was a typical socialist, clueless at managing an economy, spend and spend until its all gone. Now it will be for tomorrow's generations to pick up the pieces from this socialist inspired mess.

Anyhow, looks like Osborne's policies are slowly turning around the economy which is making the two twerps, Miliband and especially Balls, look pretty stupid.
You know you are in a recession when your neighbour loses his job, a depression when you lose yours, and recovery when Cameron loses his.
If you think it's ok for Cameron to give billions away in foreign aid for dictators to buy Kalashnikovs with whilst pensioners are in fuel poverty, and Britain has the highest level of child poverty in all of Europe then fine vote tory.
If you are happy that bankers are getting billions of pounds in bonuses, whilst Britain has a record number of people using food banks then fine vote tory.
If you are happy waiting in A&E for a day or so when you have a heart attack before an imported doctor from the third world gives you end of life drugs then fine, vote tory.
If you are happy with tory privatisation and don't mind not being able to pay your gas and electric bill or put petrol in your car then vote tory.
If you don't mind your kids being unemployed or working for poverty wages, then vote tory.
Your choice.
[quote][p][bold]liddle 'un[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]shytalk[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]liddle 'un[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]shytalk[/bold] wrote: It should never of come to this. Bad management and bad government. The Conservatives have had over three years to sort out some of the problems with the NHS and it is what they haven't done amongst other things. Do not blame labour. They have not been in government for three years. If you do not like Labour then please vote UKIP at the next election or anyone else but please do not vote tory, or you too could be the next person waiting in a corridor in A&E for 12hrs waiting to be treated for a heart attack.[/p][/quote]LOL, are you only three years old? What about the previous 13 years when Labour were throwing (our) money around like there was no tomorrow and getting this country into obscene levels of debt?[/p][/quote]Think you will find it was tory bankers speculating on poison American sub prime lending that got us into this recession ( Think you will also find that there is a world wide recession ). Labour may not of been perfect and they sure as hell made a lot of mistakes, Thing is the tories are in power now and after three years we have even higher levels of debt, record levels of unemployment, and the NHS in bits. Even a three year old can see this. unfortunately tories don't have the brains to see it.[/p][/quote]I think you have been listening to the left-wing BBC too much. Nobody held a gun at Gordon Brown's head, the debt he saturated this country with has nothing to do with bankers. He took a huge punt on the continued growth of the economy which anyone with half a brain could see was unsustainable. Brown was a typical socialist, clueless at managing an economy, spend and spend until its all gone. Now it will be for tomorrow's generations to pick up the pieces from this socialist inspired mess. Anyhow, looks like Osborne's policies are slowly turning around the economy which is making the two twerps, Miliband and especially Balls, look pretty stupid.[/p][/quote]You know you are in a recession when your neighbour loses his job, a depression when you lose yours, and recovery when Cameron loses his. If you think it's ok for Cameron to give billions away in foreign aid for dictators to buy Kalashnikovs with whilst pensioners are in fuel poverty, and Britain has the highest level of child poverty in all of Europe then fine vote tory. If you are happy that bankers are getting billions of pounds in bonuses, whilst Britain has a record number of people using food banks then fine vote tory. If you are happy waiting in A&E for a day or so when you have a heart attack before an imported doctor from the third world gives you end of life drugs then fine, vote tory. If you are happy with tory privatisation and don't mind not being able to pay your gas and electric bill or put petrol in your car then vote tory. If you don't mind your kids being unemployed or working for poverty wages, then vote tory. Your choice. shytalk
  • Score: -1

11:34pm Wed 13 Nov 13

neville davies says...

Hang on a minute, 3 months ago nurses were being made redundant.Looks like one of 3 things.Total panic,a balls up or General Election on the horizon. The latter me thinks!
Hang on a minute, 3 months ago nurses were being made redundant.Looks like one of 3 things.Total panic,a balls up or General Election on the horizon. The latter me thinks! neville davies
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