A recent Care Quality Commission report showed that our local hospital is failing in certain areas, and issued two warning notices including one for safety.
Amongst the services rated as ‘requiring improvement’ were A&E, medical care, surgery, critical care, maternity and family planning, children’s care, end of life care and outpatient services. Subsequent to the inspection, A&E waiting time targets were also reported as being missed in this article from local Gazette Reporter, Will Ackerman
It has now also been revealed from the report that the extensive use of Agency nurses has cost Hillingdon Hospital Foundations Trust over £1 million in the second quarter of the 2014/15 financial year – Using full time nursing staff would have saved more than £600,000 in taxpayers money.
” This crucial lack of nursing staff is hindering the team at the hospital from giving the level of care that they aspire to. The CQC report found that the attitude of the staff towards patient care was good – Let’s give them the support that their dedication deserves.
UKIP have pledged an additional £3 billion in funding for the NHS, which would support an additional 20,000 new nurses across the country and save money on expensive agency staff at Hillingdon Hospital ”
For more information on the full UKIP NHS policy, please visit http://www.ukip.org/ukip_launch_nhs_policy
Agency nurses article from Will Ackerman http://www.getwestlondon.co.uk/news/health/agency-nurses-cost-hillingdon-hospitals-8658304