My daughter Laura was working nightshift at her hospital Saturday night and last night.
Last night, Sunday, I had dinner ready for her before she left, but she wasn’t in the best of moods, so I asked why.
The reason was that the night before and last night of the 20 nursing staff that cover her ward, 6 were on holiday and 7 are on long term sick, siting reasons of stress.
That leaves 7 to cover her ward of 60 people over a 24 hour period on 12 hour shifts.
She wasn’t happy at the situation and as she hadn’t had a break or anything to eat the night before.
Now that my friends, whether you are a nurse or a patient is just unacceptable.
To further exacerbate the issue, the nursing sister who controls the staffing levels and can bring in agency staff to supply short term demand chose not to.
Not providing correct levels of patient care just isn’t acceptable on any basis.
But 7 people off ill with stress from 20 is far too high a statistic, verging on abuse of their employment terms and wonder how rife this is throughout the NHS.
I’m intending to raise a Freedom Of Information (FOI) request to get the necessary details. While I was researching this I found that all NHS FOI requests are logged and disclosed to the public.
See the link below, lots of interesting reading there, for example which Dentists have made the most money from the NHS .. always open to abuse.
Or how about the following, showing the Pharmacies which dispensed the most NHS prescriptions in the past year.
I’m going to do a little further analysis of this data by postcode and we really will see Scotland’s sickest city.