There will be a sever shortage of nurses soon as budget cuts mean that the funding for student nurses is getting cut left, right and centre and retiring nurses will not have replacements coming through the system.
Not according to Health Education England, which is increasing its nurse training provision by 9% this year (as referred to in this blog: http://www.bbc.co.uk...health-25428847 )
Also once a nurse is qualified opportunities for development are being cut, so you finish up with fewer less trained nurses looking after your beloved when the time comes that you really need the absolutely brilliant NHS.
Where is the evidence to back up this claim? Given that the government is increasing the nurse training provision the opposite would appear more likely to be the case.
A high number of employees does not equate to a good service. The reviews and discussions about the NHS that have taken place over the last 12 months have focused on the quality and appropriateness of provision, not its breadth. Nurses who show no compassion should be fired as they are there to care for patients not neglect them. LIkewise, hospitals which cannot organise their shift systems to provide adequate staffing levels over a weekend, something that has been the case ever since I've been alive anyway (and I'm in my 40s), should be challenged and made to change.
Changes to the NHS have to be both systemic and cultural as both have been problematic for decades but no government has had the political will/nerve to face the problems head on. Thus, the crises that have been exposed over the last year or so in various Trusts provide an ideal opportunity to tackle these matters and that will require possibly quite significant changes to the NHS, in hospitals and outlying services.
Time to make the medical profession to make a decision, either all private or all NHS, if if you are all private then the NHS dictates the price you are hired for. That price will always be half of what an NHS employee is paid.
There have been private elements to the NHS for years: prescriptions, dental treatment, abortions past a certain time limit (used to be 12 weeks), etc. Once upon a time, NHS hospitals used to benefit from having a number of private patients within their walls but I think a Labour government abolished this practice. Nowadays hospitals make some money via car parking charges instead. I think I prefer the private hospital beds! There will never be enough public money to fund the NHS because it is simply too expensive. So we have to make the NHS as efficient as possible in order to continue to afford it.
Edited by Saintslass, 02 January 2014 - 09:54 PM.