Latest figures show that the vast majority of hospitals are struggling to recruit enough nurses. Throughout August this year 92% of the 225 acute hospital trusts in England did not manage to run wards with their planned number of nurses during the day. This is compared with data from January when 85% of hospitals missed their nurse staffing targets.
In addition figures also showed 81% of hospitals failed to have enough registered nurses working at night during august and some 79% of hospitals missed their target for registered nurse staffing across both day and night. As a result, many hospitals have had to rely heavily on overseas recruitment as well as agency staff just to provide safe staffing levels.
A spokesman from the Health Service Journal said that 50,000 nurses were currently in training to help alleviate the issue and the government has announced plans to remove the cap on how many can go into training, which it says should help boost numbers.
Royal College of Nursing chief executive Janet Davies said “We went through a period of time where we were trying to save money. We cut posts, we didn’t train enough nurses and we’re still feeling the effect of that.”