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Readers' letters

Letters to Health Service Journal's editor.
  • HSJ Live 28.05.2015: Clampdown on 'egregious' agency staff prices, Simon Stevens to tell NHS England board

    29-May-2015 0:27 am

    Anonymous | 28-May-2015 5:24 Pm "Every trust in the country is (rightly) trying to up their nursing and medical establishments" - sure - after they took the easy option and made "efficiency savings" by cutting the frontline. "The consequence of this is simply too few nurses and medics to go round - hence, short-term fix, use of bank and agency; medium term fix, overseas recruitment (hope the training and certificates are real)" The NMC has approximately 600,000 nurses registered. the NHS employs approximately 300,000 - so where are the "missing" half? Let's say half of them are in nursing homes, private hospitals or working overseas. That leaves around 150,000 who, I suspect, wouldn't go back to the NHS for all tea in China. There's no shortage of nurses (viz. the recent decision not to allow more international recruitment) - the NHS has simply disillusioned and demoralised too many of the existing pool. The current focus is on recruitment from within the EU - the authenticity of their credentials is not an issue and neither is the quality of their training.

  • Exclusive: Specialist service changes an ‘unmitigated disaster’, says review

    28-May-2015 8:52 pm

    Good to see Circle in the news. Not just the Strategic Projects Group that get taken for a ride

  • Seven day services: Gathering the data to make it happen

    28-May-2015 5:34 pm

    Delighted to see the collaborative work across East Midlands getting positive publicity

  • Seven day services: Gathering the data to make it happen

    28-May-2015 5:34 pm

    Delighted to see the collaborative work across East Midlands getting positive publicity

  • Queen's Speech: We can't avoid legislation for ever

    28-May-2015 3:51 pm

    I agree with much of what Mr Walshe says. My only point of divergence is over the timing of any need for change. The real problem is that there is so little guidance from the courts as to what the legislation actually means is that any change may create even more problems. The Health and Social Care Act is a textbook example of why you should have a White Paper and proper debate before introducing new legis;ation of this magnitude. Any change to the Health and Social Care Act needs to be properly thought out and debated in anopen and frank way before it gets any where near being introduced as a bill. Doing this would probably put off any new legislation until the next Parliament.

  • A coaching approach to leadership can inspire your team

    28-May-2015 2:46 pm

    Website for case study

  • 'Seven day services' won't be won through overheated disputes

    28-May-2015 2:40 pm

    Physician at 1014 makes some good points. Here is another way of looking at it. The 7 day working debate isn't just a health issue. Think outside the box on why there could be a problem. Making an acute hospital work for 7 days needs a series of services to be in harmony. Examples like Public Transport, Social Care, Community services, Voluntary services, Taxis, Families & Carers, General Practice (Not OOH). The 7 day debate is too focused on the job plans for hospital medics, but the thing that will stop it ever coming to fruition properly is the infrastructure surrounding a hospital needing to be in place first..the cost of that will far exceed the value/benefit of 7 day working. Unfortunately in the UK, we have created such a culture of NHS dependency and patient passivity that any "betrayal" of patients is not likely to end up with our citizens doing anything about it.

  • Six reasons why workplace mediation matters to the NHS

    28-May-2015 2:29 pm

    As an ex Director I know the benefits of a good HR department both in digging managers out of holes they have dug themselves into and curbing managers over enthusiasm which can be experience by staff as arrogance and bullying. But the biggest factor in ensuring a positive climate for employee relations is TU membership. It a truism but but my experiance bears it out "an organisation get the TU it deserves".

  • ‘Financially distressed’ CCG brings in new service restrictions

    28-May-2015 1:34 pm

    Devon will be swamped with overweight smokers from Essex seeking treatment!

  • Councillors have 'no confidence' in East Sussex leadership

    28-May-2015 1:14 pm

    Or ... and we wonder why the NHS does not want to work more closely with local government when there is some semblance of accountability.

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