Recently, the European Commission called in for a research over the qualified and skilled NHS staff. To your surprise, it was found that one in six NHS trusts there are a large number of unqualified healthcare assistances. During the research, about 76% nurses working in the NHS trusts said that adequate staffing is lacking.
For the research, about 46 hospitals were studied. It was found that during night shifts, a single nurse was given the responsibility of taking care of 15 patients at a time. The findings clearly show that adequate and qualified healthcare assistants are lacking in the NHS trusts. The inadequate number of nurses is putting not only the health of the patients at risk but also of the nurses.
For the research about 3,000 nurses were contacted. It seems like the Health Minister, Anne Milton, has not been taking the findings seriously as Milton said that as compared to five years ago, the NHS trusts have 10,000 more nurses.
During the research, it came to light that on an average hospital trust has about 56% qualified nurses and 44% qualified healthcare assistants. While commenting upon the findings, the Chief Executive of the Patients Association, Katherine Murphy said, "The situation has become absolutely disgraceful. One nurse cannot care safely for 15 patients, and identify when their condition is deteriorating, let alone offer comfort or compassion".
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