Fears NHS could be 'tipped over the edge' with 9 out of 10 hospitals short of nurses

In a recent article published on the Telegraph's website it was revealed that nine out of ten hospitals in England are reporting dangerous shortages of nurses, according to official figures which have fuelled fears of a NHS winter crisis. Here are a few facts:

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- a five year study found that hospitals with fewer nurses have significantly higher death rates.

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- a study by St George's Hospital in London and Southampton University found that trusts with the lowest mortality rates for patients admitted for emergency surgery had 24 per cent more nurses than those with the highest death rates.  

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- Inspectors who visited Mid Yorkshire NHS Trust this summer - later branding services unsafe - found just one nurse looking after twenty two patients.

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- shortages of nurses have already fuelled a rise in international recruitment, with the number coming here for work who trained abroad almost doubling in two years.

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- the Chancellor has ordered an expansion in nurse training places in an attempt to find at least 10,000 more staff by 2020.

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- a Department of Health spokesman said "Staffing is a priority - we've put more than 7,600 additional nurses on our wards since May 2010 and there are are 50,000 nurses currently in training".

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Date Published: 
30th December 2015