Tag - staff shortages

Bed shortages lead to patient ‘harm’ in South Tees

Bed shortages lead to patient 'harm' in South Tees. Staff shortages, lack of beds and poor infection control were highlighted by inspectors Critical care at a hospital trust has been given the worst possible rating after "harm occurred" to patients because beds were not available. South Tees Hospitals Trust's intensive care was rated inadequate following the inspection of Middlesbrough's James Cook University Hospital and Northallerton's Friarage Hospital. Inspectors raised concerns over infection control and staff shortages. The trust said many issues in the report [...]

NHS inpatient satisfaction falls for first time in six years

NHS inpatient satisfaction falls for first time in six years. Chief inspector of hospitals says mounting pressure on system is having ‘dire impact’ The Care Quality Commission’s (CQC) findings are based on the views of 76,000 inpatients in English hospitals on one day in July 2018. Photograph: Peter Byrne/PA Hospital patients are facing growing delays in getting a bed, help from staff or relief from their pain because surging demand for care is undermining how well they are looked after, the NHS care [...]

The worst places for cancer care waits revealed

The worst places for cancer care waits revealed. Nearly three-quarters of services are failing to treat cancer patients quickly enough, BBC research shows. Hospitals are meant to start treatment within 62 days of an urgent referral by a GP in 85% of cases. But 94 out of 131 cancer services in England failed to do that during 2018-19 - compared with 36 five years ago. The worst performer was Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust, which saw fewer than 61% of patients [...]

Toddler murders highlight critical state of social services

Toddler murders highlight critical state of social services. Staff shortages and funding cuts mean children failing to get the attention they need Dylan Tiffin-Brown and Evelyn-Rose Muggleton were killed by men who had a history of domestic violence. Photograph: PA The circumstances surrounding the horrific killings of Dylan Tiffin-Brown, two, and Evelyn-Rose Muggleton, one, throw the spotlight not just on “systemic weaknesses” at Northamptonshire county council but the critical state of children’s social services across England. The serious case review reports said mistakes were made during events [...]

Nurses struggling to look after dying patients due of staff shortages

Nurses struggling to look after dying patients due of staff shortages, survey finds. Two-thirds say staffing issues are 'main' barrier to providing good care in the final stages of patients' lives More than half of nurses reported time constraints as an issue, compared to a quarter last year. (iStock) Nurses are struggling to look after dying patients because of staff shortages, according to a survey. Two-thirds of nurses (65 per cent) said staffing levels are the main “barrier” to providing good care in the [...]