Tags: Nurses

Balance patients’ needs against trainees’

Working practices have had to change at the University Hospital of North Staffordshire Trust after complaints were made of a bullying culture, with trainees made to work long hours and carry out tasks beyond their abilities, while getting very little support from on-call consultants. When the complaints were followed up by West Midlands Deanery, all…

Nursing home owners fined after death of elderly resident

Two nursing home owners have been fined after an elderly resident died following a fall from a hoist. Annie Bradley was being transported in a sling from her bed to a specialist chair at Harley House Nursing Home on 19 July 2008. During the manoeuvre Miss Bradley fell to the floor, hitting her head. The…

A third of nurses discouraged from blowing the whistle

In almost half of cases where nurses have raised concerns about issues such as staffing levels and patient safety, no action was taken, according to a new survey by the Royal College of Nursing (RCN). More than 80% of nurses have raised concerns with their employers about such issues. A survey of over 3,000 members…

Medical sector increases use of freelancers

Fundamental changes apparent in health sector’s use of contractors. 90% increase in recently qualified doctors going freelance. ‘Mid-career’ medical staff keeping hold of permanent positions. The number of doctors and nurses at either end of the age spectrum undertaking contract work has increased significantly since 2009, reflecting broader changes in employment prospects within the health…