The number of nursing vacancies has fallen by nearly 40 per cent in the last year, according to data gathered by Nursing Times.
The figures, together with new data from the NHS Information Centre, have fuelled fears that NHS trusts are freezing vacancies, are not replacing nurses and are converting posts to lower grades in order to tighten budgets.
Shock horror. Yawn.
Eleven nurses and 21 healthcare assistants have been forced to retire by an East Midlands primary care trust despite the government’s plans to scrap the default age for retirement from October next year.
RCN Scotland has said policies such as freezing posts and not replacing people who leave mean newly qualified nurses and midwives are struggling to find jobs in the NHS. The union has warned “unsustainable tactics” are being used by health chiefs struggling to cut costs, and called for more to be done to protect frontline services. It added the decisions could have “devastating consequences” for patient care in the future.Remember this my dear reader: This has gone nationwide. And it has been going on for a hell of a long time.My trust still hasn't hired any nurses. But they have been advertising for management posts with stupid names and "champions" on salaries around £130,000 a year.