Capital’s cost of living leaves London short of 10,000 nurses
London’s NHS nursing shortage has got significantly worse in the past year, with more than 10,000 unfilled posts in the capital’s health trusts in 2015, according to figures published today by the Royal College of Nursing.
The impact on patients presenting at NHS hospitals such as Mayday and Purley will include longer waits in A&Es, delays in arranging some appointments and fewer staff on wards, but it could also mean bigger bills for our local hospitals, and more budget problems. According to the RCN, the nurse shortage sees vacancies going unfilled, or budget-busting agency staff having to be used.
Mayday has struggled in the past to recruit staff because it lies just outside the London waiting payment zone. Nurses and other staff can get paid more by taking jobs at St George’s, Guy’s or St Thomas’s, while living costs – in case you…
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