Tag - staff shortages

Doctors should stop saying they are ‘acting down’

Doctors should stop saying they are 'acting down' when undertaking tasks usually done by nurses because it is insulting, royal college says.  A report said half of doctors 'acted down' at least once a week due to shortages They find this, as well as nurses 'acting up',  'demotivating and inefficient' Offended NHS workers have hit back on Twitter, feeling unequal to doctors  Doctors should stop saying they have to 'act down' when they undertake nurses' tasks because it is insulting, according to a royal college. The Royal [...]

Elective Caesareans in Elgin moved to Aberdeen due to staff shortages

Elective Caesareans in Elgin moved to Aberdeen due to staff shortages. The staffing issue is at Dr Gray's in Elgin Elective Caesarean sections at a Moray hospital which has faced staffing issues are moving to Aberdeen Maternity Hospital due to more shortages. Maternity services at Dr Gray's in Elgin were downgraded in July last year, with some women being sent to have their babies elsewhere. NHS Grampian said elective Caesareans would move to Aberdeen from next week. It is hoped it will only be for [...]

Mental health problems are the main cause of sick days for NHS staff

Mental health problems are the main cause of sick days for NHS staff. ‘Workers must get rapid access to support services’, union says Mental health problems like stress, depression and anxiety are the most common reason NHS staff in England take sick days, analysis of NHS Digital statistics shows. Workers took a total of 17.7 million days of sick leave between December 2017 and November 2018. Of these, almost a quarter or 4.2 million were taken due to stress, anxiety, depression or other psychiatric illnesses. That was more than the next two most common reasons combined, which [...]

Staff shortage hits Dumfries and Galloway out-of-hours health service

Staff shortage hits Dumfries and Galloway out-of-hours health service GETTY IMAGES Staff shortages are set to hit an NHS out-of-hours service in south west Scotland. Patients in Dumfries and Galloway have been warned that they may have to wait "longer than normal" to be seen this weekend. The non-urgent service is provided outside GP practice hours. However, NHS Dumfries and Galloway said staff shortages were likely to have an impact - especially between 13:00 and 23:30 on Saturday. "It's an unwelcome situation, but one which [...]

Fears of public health emergency as drug deaths hit record levels

Fears of public health emergency as drug deaths hit record levels. Figures for England and Wales show 16% rise in deaths from drug poisoning in 2018 Deaths involving cocaine doubled between 2015 and 2018 to their highest ever level. Photograph: Dumitru Gornet/Alamy Britain is facing a public health emergency as alarming figures for England and Wales show drug-related deaths have hit record levels, prompting calls for damaging cuts to treatment services to be urgently reversed. The statistics for England and Wales – which show a 16% increase [...]