Nurse: ‘Here’s why I’m striking’
Been a nurse for 40 years, Carol is “..striking because l am tired, frustrated, and exhausted. The emotional and traumatic pain of working every day without many things you need to do a good enough job is so hard”.
‘Patients are getting sicker with waiting’
Prof Kamila Hawthorne, the chair of the Royal College of GPs says she has serious concern that some patients see their health deteriorate as a direct result of the delay in accessing hospital care.
Another privisation failure
The parliamentary and health service ombudsman, responsible for investigating patients’ complaints, has been warned repeatedly about problems with Sciensus, a private company paid millions to deliver vital medicines. Want to read more privatisation failures, go here.
Maternity crisis: Babies are dying
A joint report by two baby loss charities says the government is failing in its stated aims. Stillbirths are increasing, babies dying before and during delivery are rising and rates of newborns dying within the first four weeks of birth are also rising. Staff are working in an increasingly under-resourced and overstretched system.
“Where are the 40 new hospitals?”
Dr Ruth Charlton, chief medical officer of Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust, writes “Only last week we had to close one of our wards because the lift wasn’t working. When our lifts break down we can’t even get the parts to repair them because they are no longer manufactured.”