It seems that hospital bosses have learnt from their mistake and have started to sort the problem of staff shortage. It has been revealed that hospitals have been recruiting new nurses, so that they do not suffer from staff shortage.
The Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has recruited 70 nurses at one month. It has revealed that they will continue to recruit eight new nurses every month, so that they have complete staff to avert crisis. Blackpool Hospital further revealed that now they have 100 extra nurses and are quite happy to announce the same.
It is great that the hospitals have been thinking hard to make sure that they have optimum staff, but patients, who have suffered at the time of crisis, are not affected with the news. One of such cases was of an 80 year old patient Frederick Westrop, who was left to lie in urine soaked bed at Blackpool Victoria Hospital’s stroke ward.
Westrop’s daughter Sue Formby said that it is good that the hospital is taking steps to avert crisis situation, but she cannot forget that her father and other patients at the same ward have received distressed levels of care. There were just four people to take care of 31 patients.
Nick Grimshaw, who is the hospital’s Director of HR, said, “While the recruitment process was taking place however, we suffered one of our busiest ever winter periods with a 15 per cent increase in emergency medical admissions and as part of our winter plan opened additional beds to cater for the increased patient activity”.
Blackpool South MP Gordon Marsden said that he can understand the concerns of patients. However, he can hope that the hospital has learnt to balance staff and patient ratio.