STRENGTH IN NUMBERS

Strength in Numbers dedicated to my late mother Kay

Heart patients’ lives ‘at risk as NHS 111 hotline won’t send ambulances’ due to shortage in paramedics

  •  Shortage of paramedics means ambulances are not being dispatched
  •  Undercover reporter wasn’t able to send help to a man with chest pain
  •  Mentor told trainee staff: ‘Everyone in this room has killed someone’
  • South Central Ambulance Service (SCAS) has announced investigation  

Patients’ lives are being put at risk by the NHS 111 helpline because call- handlers are being told not to dispatch ambulances, it was claimed last night. One call-centre mentor chillingly told trainee staff that ‘everyone in this room has killed someone’, an undercover investigation found. Patients are being denied ambulances even if they are suffering the symptoms of a heart attack, the Daily Telegraph investigation reported.  The NHS 111 helpline was launched in 2013 to provide round-the-clock advice to the public as an alternative to the former advice line NHS Direct, which was run by medically-qualified staff. The new helpline was intended to prevent unnecessary visits to A&E.

Staff on the 111helpline have previously been criticised for merely asking callers questions as guided by computer algorithms – and sending too many tohospital as a result.  Call-handlers working on the service are expected to dispatch the emergency services if patients describe symptoms of serious illnesses. However, they are now said to be under pressure not to send out ambulances at certain times due to a shortage of paramedics and a backlog of requests.

An undercover reporter spent seven weeks working on the 111 helpline – which has had numerous problems since its launch – in a call centre in Bicester, Oxford.

Click on the link to read more

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3145355/Heart-patients-lives-risk-NHS-111-hotline-won-t-send-ambulances-shortage-paramedics.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490

265C3F7600000578-0-image-a-102_1435711712956

Filed under: A&E, Hospital, NHS, , , ,

Getting nurses back on the ward

As staffing ‘crisis’ in NHS deepens Blackpool hospital reveals how it is aiming to get some old hands back in the wards

The boss of Blackpool Victoria Hospital today reassured nurses that action is being taken to improve working conditions as the health trust attempts to persuade those who have left the profession to return. Gary Doherty said Blackpool, like other hospital trusts, had faced challenges to recruit staff during a difficult winter. There is a national shortage of nurses. One leading Lancashire health boss told The Gazette the situation was so severe nurses were now being signed up by hospitals before they had completed their training in a bid to get in first on recruits.

Health chiefs in North Wales have recently announced they are recruiting more than 70 Spanish nurses, amid a staffing crisis gripping the country’s health system.

Click on the link to read more

http://www.blackpoolgazette.co.uk/news/community/community-news/getting-nurses-back-on-the-ward-1-7084752

2389265552

Karen Smith who works on the ITU Department at Blackpool Victoria Hospital

Filed under: Hospital, NHS, Uncategorized, , ,

NHS turns to Poland and Australia for paramedics in desperate staff shortage

More than half of NHS ambulance services have begun trying to recruit paramedics from abroad amid a desperate national shortage of trained staff.  NHS turns to Poland and Australia for paramedics in desperate staff shortage – Telegraph New figures show NHS trusts are turning to Poland, Australia and Ireland in a bid to plug vacancy rates which are now as high as one in four in many parts of the country. In total, six of England’s 10 ambulance trusts say they are now making plans to recruit from abroad, or have recently hired foreign paramedics. The growing crisis comes as the Health Secretary and unions prepare to enter last ditch talks in a bid to avert a 12 hour strike by paramedics and hospital staff planned for Thursday, in a dispute over pay. If the strike goes ahead, GPs and hospital staff will be drafted in an attempt to fill the gaps. NHS trusts have long gone abroad in search of nurses to fill staffing shortages, with the number soaring in recent years.

Click on the link to read more

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/nhs/11366141/NHS-turns-to-Poland-and-Australia-for-paramedics-in-desperate-staff-shortage.html

safe_image

 

Filed under: Uncategorized, , ,

Blog views to date

  • 100,120 hits

Enter your email address to subscribe to The Last Six Months and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 1,426 other followers

Helpful Pages, Templates etc

Recent Posts

Pages