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* News / Killing of Aid Workers in Nigeria is a Sickening Situation for Humanity by katty: October 20, 2018, 08:23:52 PM
MANY have died at the hands of their abductors, but not many were young, female medical workers.

The International Committee of the Red Cross has had personnel present in nearly every conflict zone for decades but never before has it had two of its young healthcare workers killed execution-style back-to-back.

It’s a sickening situation for humanity and a crippling blow for healthcare in conflict zones.

Hauwa Mohammed Liman, 24, worked in a hospital supported by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) when she was abducted March 1 in Rann, Nigeria. She appears to have been killed by her captors on Monday.


 
The slaying follows a similar execution-style killing last month of Saifura Hussaini Ahmed Khorsa, a 25-year-old ICRC midwife, also by ISWAP, or Islamic State’s West African province group.

I am ICRC’s director for Africa, and I understand the tension that exists between different belief systems. I am part Nigerian and part Swiss, and though I am not Muslim, some of my family members in Nigeria are.

What I can’t understand is an ideology that can justify the execution of young, female healthcare workers. They were midwives, bringing new life into the world. They were daughters and sisters, and one was a wife and mother. They have no part in the conflict.

When women choose to work in the healthcare field in rural northern Nigeria, it’s not a simple decision. The entire family– especially husbands and fathers — would have had to agree, and this is an important point for both the families and the wider communities.

Saifura was a devoted mother and midwife. Those who knew her said she adored her two children, a two-year-old boy, and a five-year-old girl, who have not been able to comprehend their mother’s absence. Hauwa, also a dedicated professional, made the personal sacrifice to move away from her family and help the community in Rann.

We often see health workers choose the relative safety of large cities. But that leaves rural areas — like Rann — with lean medical expertise. So when health personnel such as Hauwa and Saifura choose to work in a rural region, they deserve our gratitude and everyone’s respect.


 
Violence against healthcare is a trend the ICRC has kept a worried eye on in conflicts globally.

Nigeria isn’t even the only country in Africa where the ICRC faces a hostage situation; one of our nurses, a German national, was kidnapped in Somalia in May.

More broadly, health facilities in conflict zones like South Sudan, Yemen and Syria have been directly attacked, cutting off communities from the care they desperately need.

As a humanitarian professional, I’m good at focusing on the work that needs to be done, but I sometimes can’t help but wonder: How would I behave as a hostage? What was Hauwa going through in her final days, knowing Saifura had already been killed? Did she know we were doing everything we could to win her release?

I think about other victims in Nigeria, the Chibok girls, and abducted women and girls forced into carrying out suicide bombings. Some hostages have come back pregnant — will their communities accept them?


 
I am heartbroken by the deaths of these two women. But I also wonder where this intense anger comes from that would allow someone to kill a young midwife. To fight and kill an enemy is one thing, but why stage an execution to kill women helping the community? What can humanitarian organizations do in the face of such anger?

The laws of war exist to prevent or keep to a minimum atrocities and cycles of violence. Even when the laws of war fail an individual, we must insist on their value and continue to work to advance adherence to them.

Without the laws of war, we could face violence without end. We need to collectively stand for these and give humanity a chance.

I cling to the hope that the world will do better in the future.

Source: https://www.icirnigeria.org/killing-of-aid-workers-in-nigeria-is-a-sickening-situation-for-humanity/
* News / Nurses and Midwives in Ghana Undergo Fire-fighting Training by katty: October 20, 2018, 05:59:31 PM
A total of 120 staff of the Ghana Nursing and Midwifery Council (N&MC) in addition to scores of National Service Personnel have undergone a day’s fire training exercise as part of measures to equip them on some fire safety measures.

The training was facilitated by personnel from the Legon Station Ghana National Fire Service (GNFS), in Accra and covered the theory and practical rudiments of fighting fire.



Speaking on the rational for the exercise, Mr Felix Nyonte, the Registrar N&MC explained that the training was to equip Staff with the basic fire prevention methods especially at the work place and fire outbreaks could be prevented with adequate training.

Mr Nyonte praised the facilitators for the practical way they educated the Staff and requested the GNFS to regularly make such training programmes available for staff, to secure life and property.

The Divisional Officer One (DO1) Madam Harriet Anyeley Nunoo, District Fire Officer of the University of Ghana Fire Station, Legon, advised that every home and workplace should have an appropriate fire extinguisher.

She said that the extinguisher could be used at the initial stages of fire to avoid escalation and subsequent damage to lives and property.

DO1 Nunoo explained that although an extinguisher may be seen as expensive, it was a good investment considering the cost of damage caused by fire outbreak.Other officials of the GNFS also advised Staff to avoid overloading their main sockets and extension boards as that could cause overheating and subsequently trigger a fire outbreak, adding that although extension boards may have spaces to plug in enough appliances, it was not always safe to do so.

Staff of the Council who took part in the training expressed gratitude to the authorities of the Fire Service and Management of the Council for providing the training programme.

They noted that it was important everyone remained vigilant to ensure that their emergency exits were clear of any obstruction at all times for a safe and quick evacuation in case of any emergency.

Source : GNA
* News / Zimbabwe: Residents are Angry with Nurses for Using Mobile Phones at Work by katty: October 20, 2018, 05:55:16 PM
UNITED Chiredzi Residents and Ratepayers Association (UCHIRRA) has threatened to demonstrate over the use of mobile phones by nurses during working hours, a habit the residents said could lead to loss of life.

The association has since written to the hospital superintendent, David Tarumbwa, complaining that nurses were constantly on WhatsApp. In a letter that was gleaned by NewsDay and copied to the Ministry of Health and Child Care, Member of Parliament for Chiredzi West Constituency, District Administrator, Musasa Project and President’s Office, UCHIRRA threatened to demonstrate if nurses continued to use phones during working hours while ignoring patients.

“We write to your office expressing great displeasure over the conduct and attitude of your staff towards patients (residents) seeking medical attention at Chiredzi General Hospital. Our office has received numerous unpleasant complaints of negligence of duty by your staff due to cell phone use (WhatsApp) during working hours while ignoring patients requiring urgent medical attention,” reads part of the letter.

“The worst report at the hospital was from the maternity ward where negligence is said to be rife, leading to loss of lives during child birth.”

UCHIRRA secretary-general, Bernard Dachi, said there was a report of HIV patients who were turned away without their supply of ARVs because they did not have counter books as patients’ cards and another woman who gave birth just outside the ward. Tarumbwa confirmed receiving the letter, but went on to say it was too general.

“I was in the process of responding to the letter but basically it is too general. It’s not specific. I think for us to take immediate action we need something that is specific. For example the issue of a baby that was delivered outside is something that we can investigate and if anyone is found wanting, appropriate action will be taken,” he said.

“Denying anyone medication is a chargeable offence and anyone caught doing that will be charged and discharged. I urge patients or relatives to come forward with their issue so that we improve our service delivery.”

Source : Newsday
* News / Nurses Declare Three-day Mourning for Health Workers Murdered by Boko Haram by katty: October 20, 2018, 04:40:05 AM
The National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives (NANNM) has declared a three-day mourning period for the late Saifura Hussain Ahmed, a midwife, and another health worker, Hauwa Liman, who was recently killed by the Boko Haram sect.

NANNM also called on the federal government to do everything humanly possible to secure the release of a nurse, Alice Loksha, who was abducted a few weeks ago and is currently held by the terrorist group.



NANNM also asked members across the country to embark on three-day prayer and fasting for “the safe return of all our members who are presently in horrible situations of captivity in different parts of the country.”

Besides, they are to wear black armbands within the period.

The President of NANNM, Abdulrafiu Adeniji, who made the call at a media briefing in Abuja yesterday, regretted that nurses and other health workers have become victims of crossfire in different parts of the country.

“The spate of kidnapping, maiming, raping, dehumanizing activities are becoming too much, unfortunately targeted at a group of innocent and peace loving, harbinger of comfort and those who work relentlessly to alleviate suffering and soothing frail nerves.

“The leadership of NANNM is concerned about the gruesome killings in terrorist ridden areas of North Eastern Nigeria, those who are victims of communal and civil wars even in the North West and North Central.

“Indeed, there seem to be no safe haven for Nigerian nurses where abduction and kidnapping are not rampant, (where) assault, rape and battery cannot be totally ruled out,” Adeniji lamented.

He therefore called on the Federal Government to provide special protection for nurses and midwives and other health professionals.

The NANNM President further appealed to the federal government to immortalise health workers who have lost their lives in the line of duty.

He also called on the international community to intervene in the crisis in the North East and bring the federal government and the terrorist group to a round table in order to resolve their disagreements so as to restore peace in the region.

NANNM president also appealed to terrorist groups in Nigeria “to please consider the prayers of Nigerians and international community to have a rethink and end the abductions and brutal killings.”
Source : The  Nation Newspaper
* News / Anger Grows Over Boko Haram's Murder of Nurses by katty: October 19, 2018, 05:36:10 PM
THERE is global outrage after the Nigerian terror group, Boko Haram, killed another aid worker it kidnapped earlier this year.

Aid worker Hauwa Mohammed Liman (24), who worked as a nurse for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in north-east Nigeria, had been held hostage since March.

She was abducted in an attack in the town of Rann, together with colleagues Saifura Hussaini Ahmed Khorsa and Alice Loksha.

Khorsa was killed in September, while Loksha remains in captivity, along with Leah Sharibu, a 15-year-old student abducted by the group in a separate incident in February.

António Guterres, the United Nations (UN) Secretary-General, condemned the murder.

"Those responsible for this killing must be brought to justice," his spokesperson said.

"The Secretary-General expresses his concern for the safety and well-being of the remaining hostages and calls for their immediate release."

The latest killing has devastated the Red Cross.

"The news of Hauwa's death has broken our hearts," said ICRC's Regional Director for Africa, Patricia Danzi.

The humanitarian organisation had on Sunday appealed for the release of the hostages, as the deadline for the payment of an undisclosed ransom approached.

ICRC has retained hope the remaining hostages would be released.

"We urge the group (Boko Haram) holding Alice and Leah to release them safely," said Danzi.

The Boko Haram has perpetrated a series of mass killings and abductions during a decade-long campaign to unseat the Nigerian government and establish an Islamic state.

More than 20,000 people are believed to have been killed by Boko Harare while more than three million have been displaced.
Source : CAJ News
* News / Nurses, Midwives Threaten to Withdraw Services in Northeast over B/H Attacks by katty: October 19, 2018, 05:33:17 PM
Nurses and midwives in Nigeria on Friday threatened to withdraw their services from the Northeastern part of the country over the recurrent attacks on health workers in the region by Boko Haram terrorists.

They issued the threat at a press briefing in Abuja under the auspices of the National Association of Nigerian Nurses and Midwives, NANNM.

Recall that a midwife, Saifura Khorsa, and another health worker, Hauwa Liman, were abducted and killed recently by the Al-Barnawi controlled Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP), a breakaway faction of Boko Haram.

Speaking on behalf of the leadership of NANNM, the association’s President, Comrade Abdulrafiu Adeniji, said it was sad and unacceptable that the insurgents could make nurses and midwives in the country to pay the price of being sacrificed in the line of their duty.

He alleged that the Federal Government was handling the security of health workers in the Northeast region with kids glove and warned that if the government failed to rise to the occasion and tackle the delicate security situation in the region, the association would not hesitate to withdraw its members from there.

“If we watch what (security measures) the government is putting in place and have any cause to believe they are unsatisfactory, we would have no option but to withdraw nurses and midwives from the region,” he said.

Meantime, Adeniji called on members of association to wear black arm bands for three days beginning from Saturday to Monday as a mark of mourning their slain colleagues

He also urged those in the Northeast to flow with the security alert in the region by making their services available only when they were guaranteed of the security of the lives.

He said: “The leadership of the association is hereby calling on all nurses and midwives to wear black bands for three days as mark of mourning our professional colleagues

“We call on members not to sacrifice their lives in the line of duty, because the the government seems not to be taking good care of their security.

“Therefore, while appealing to people who are still there to work under serious security watch, we advise those who are not in the Northeast not to flourish towards that region for now.”

Adeniji further drew the attention of the public to the case of a member of the association, Mrs. Alice Loksha, who is still in the custody of the insurgents.

He appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari, his administration, and the international community to do everything possible to rescue her from captivity.

“We appeal to the Federal Government to provide special protection to the nurses and midwives and other professionals in the health sector as they have become victims of cross fire.

“We call for prayer and fasting to ensure the safe return of all our members who are presently in horrible situation of captivity and especially for Alice Loksha.

“We are aware that some Boko Haram members who were captured by the Nigerian Army were cared for by our colleagues and other medical and health services providers. So, we capitalise on this to call on Boko Haram to release our colleague, Mrs Alice Loksha, a wife and mother of two.”

Nurses, midwives threaten to withdraw services in Northeast over B/H attacks

Source : Vanguard Newspaper
* News / Re: UK NMC Eases OSCE Rule for Foreign Nurses by Helen Osce: October 18, 2018, 07:14:30 PM
Good OSCE training is the key to passing the OSCE. Some centres offer training, but it's their standard inhouse training that does not reach far into the depths of the exam and it's complexities. Although not a technically difficult exam, the guidelines for marking are very tight, so the examiners must show the candidate has met these requirements.
Many training providers are unaware of their nurses going for extra outside training and are even boiund by contracts that prevent them using outside training agencies.
Now this means some hospitals boast very high OSCE pass rates that are a squewed as they do not reflect the fact the nurse has sort extra training.
So not that nurses need only resit the station they failed, it means they are given the same scenarios and the patient they encountered in the previous test. This means they must sit it at the same centre.

There has been some apparent difference in pass rates between centres, with them not being allowed to reveal these stats publicly.
Nurses have travelled far to go to a test centre they find to be the most conducive to them passing and many opted to go to Northern Ireland's Ulster University rather than a nearer test centre. But if travelling is an issue then it's safer to opt for a nearby university either Northampton or Oxford Brookes.

ANy questions just ask. Helen OSCE Trainer
* News / Nurse fired for making disparaging comments about #CherylZondi on Facebook by katty: October 18, 2018, 05:57:47 PM
South Africa: A nursing agency which provides the Mediclinic hospital group with nurses fired a nurse who made light of rape victim Cheryl Zondi’s testimony on Tuesday in a social media post.

The nurse, Ivy Masuku, was fired on Wednesday after screenshots of her comments circulated late on Tuesday night. On her Facebook profile, Masuku lists the Mediclinic Muelmed hospital in Pretoria as her place of employment.



The woman had allegedly made disparaging remarks on social media in relation to Zondi’s testimony at the Port Elizabeth on Tuesday.

@Mediclinic This lady's profile says she works for your hospital in Secunda. What's your take on her shaming rape victims - are we even safe in her hands if she can writes such things. I'm disgusted!!! #CherylZondi #OmotosoTrial #Rape #TimothyOmotoso pic.twitter.com/CIpWwDVZ6E
Social media had been full of praise for Zondi’s courage, strength and bravery to face up to Omotoso’s defence lawyer, Peter Dauberman, who has been cross-examining Zondi in the trial where Omotoso stands accused of 63 charges, including rape and human trafficking in the Port Elizabeth High Court.

The 58-year-old televangelist allegedly trafficked more than 30 girls and women who were from various branches of his church to a house in Umhlanga, KwaZulu-Natal, where he allegedly sexually exploited them.

The nurse wrote on Facebook and made light of Zondi’s testimony.

“They must stop upsetting us, you had sex you had sex,” said Masuku, in a post loosely translated from isiZulu.

Another woman, Nompumelelo Sithole, said Zondi and the other women had seduced Omotoso. A loose translation of her post read: “We were not there when they were seducing him, they must not involve us”.

In a statement on social media, Mediclinic said the woman had been fired by the nursing agency that she worked for. Mediclinic refused to disclose the name of the nursing agency. The hospital group said it had launched an investigation into the matter, with the support of the unnamed nursing agency.

“Mediclinic confirm that the staff member in question is no longer in the employ of the nursing agency and that the individual has been requested to remove all associations with the organisation effective immediately,” said Mediclinic in a statement posted on Twitter.

The statement was verified by Mediclinic’s social media engineer, Lee-Ann Bell.

Pressed for further questions on Wednesday, Bell said the nurse in question was not in the employ of Mediclinic and as such: “Mediclinic cannot comment on the matter and distances itself from the views expressed by the individual”.

She said Mediclinic would not comment further on the matter.

Meanwhile, social media users said the woman had shamed rape victims.

This is Ivy Masuku, a Nurse at MediClinic Meulmed Hospital in Pretoria and Nompumelelo Sithole, taking turns to shame Tim Omotoso's Rape Victims, including Cheryl Zondi.

This is why many others die in silence because even hospital staff, shames rape victims. Ay😭😢💔 pic.twitter.com/zGnw7weA4N

 — 👑uNdlunkulu (@uNdlunkulu_Xoli) October 16, 2018

The nurse, Ivy Masuku, was fired on Wednesday after screenshots of her comments circulated late on Tuesday night. On her Facebook profile, Masuku lists the Mediclinic Muelmed hospital in Pretoria as her place of employment.

The woman had allegedly made disparaging remarks on social media in relation to Zondi’s testimony at the Port Elizabeth on Tuesday.

@Mediclinic This lady's profile says she works for your hospital in Secunda. What's your take on her shaming rape victims - are we even safe in her hands if she can writes such things. I'm disgusted!!! #CherylZondi #OmotosoTrial #Rape #TimothyOmotoso pic.twitter.com/CIpWwDVZ6E
 — Bee (@PettyBetty18) October 16, 2018
Social media had been full of praise for Zondi’s courage, strength and bravery to face up to Omotoso’s defence lawyer, Peter Dauberman, who has been cross-examining Zondi in the trial where Omotoso stands accused of 63 charges, including rape and human trafficking in the Port Elizabeth High Court.

The 58-year-old televangelist allegedly trafficked more than 30 girls and women who were from various branches of his church to a house in Umhlanga, KwaZulu-Natal, where he allegedly sexually exploited them.

The nurse wrote on Facebook and made light of Zondi’s testimony.

“They must stop upsetting us, you had sex you had sex,” said Masuku, in a post loosely translated from isiZulu.

Another woman, Nompumelelo Sithole, said Zondi and the other women had seduced Omotoso. A loose translation of her post read: “We were not there when they were seducing him, they must not involve us”.

In a statement on social media, Mediclinic said the woman had been fired by the nursing agency that she worked for. Mediclinic refused to disclose the name of the nursing agency. The hospital group said it had launched an investigation into the matter, with the support of the unnamed nursing agency.

“Mediclinic confirm that the staff member in question is no longer in the employ of the nursing agency and that the individual has been requested to remove all associations with the organisation effective immediately,” said Mediclinic in a statement posted on Twitter.

The statement was verified by Mediclinic’s social media engineer, Lee-Ann Bell.

Pressed for further questions on Wednesday, Bell said the nurse in question was not in the employ of Mediclinic and as such: “Mediclinic cannot comment on the matter and distances itself from the views expressed by the individual”.

She said Mediclinic would not comment further on the matter.

Meanwhile, social media users said the woman had shamed rape victims.

This is Ivy Masuku, a Nurse at MediClinic Meulmed Hospital in Pretoria and Nompumelelo Sithole, taking turns to shame Tim Omotoso's Rape Victims, including Cheryl Zondi.

This is why many others die in silence because even hospital staff, shames rape victims. Ay😭😢💔 pic.twitter.com/zGnw7weA4N

 — 👑uNdlunkulu (@uNdlunkulu_Xoli) October 16, 2018
This is Ivy Masuku, a nurse at Meulmed MediClinic in Pretoria who has just been fired for ridiculing #Omotoso rape victims ' matter in court.
In her Facebook posts this now ex-nurse in a profession to help rape victims, suggested they deserved it, and seemed to defend Omotoso. pic.twitter.com/JmYEccK9Gw
 — Isaac Mangena (@Ice_Izo) October 17, 2018

Social media can also end your career...

Look at Ivy Masuku

 — The Feminist (@Sono_Keletso) October 17, 2018

There she is in uniform this Ivy Masuku pic.twitter.com/dBdsChKdJ0

 — Bee (@PettyBetty18) October 16, 2018

Source https://www.iol.co.za/dailynews/news/this-is-the-nurse-fired-for-making-disparaging-comments-about-cherylzondi-17527916
* News / Hauwa Leman: NMA Issues Statement, Wants Adequate Security for Health workers by katty: October 18, 2018, 12:52:09 PM
The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) has joined a host of local and international bodies’ troubled over Monday’s execution of another health worker by Boko Haram terrorists, within a month.

According to the doctors, the Nigerian government needs to ‘step up’ in the areas of security of lives and property, especially of those offering humanitarian services across the country.



After the dreaded sect killed Saifura Khorsa, an aid worker, on September 16, it slayed Hauwa Liman, a midwife after a deadline it gave the government to meet its demands elapsed, on Monday.

Both health workers, until their deaths, were employed by the International Committee of the Red Cross worker, ICRC. They were abducted among others at an Internally Displaced Persons Camp (IDP), in Rann, Kala Balge Local Government Area of Borno State last year.

Ms Liman’s death two days ago sparked outrage at home and abroad, with the Nigerian government expressing ‘shock’ over the incident especially after it appealed to the sect not to do so.

While condemning the killings Wednesday in a statement by its Publicity Secretary, Obitade Obimakinde, the doctors noted that “adequate and proactive security measures would have prevented the needless act of terrorism and kidnapping embarked upon by the dreaded Boko Haram.”

“We also note the response of the Federal Government, condemning the killing while stating that they did all they could do to ensure her release. While appreciating the efforts of the government so far, we admonish the government to step up in the areas of security of lives and property, especially of those offering humanitarian services across the country”, the statement read.
Describing Ms Liman’s killing as a despicable act, the NMA also sympathised with the Red Cross and the family of the deceased “at this difficult time.”

The doctors further called on the federal government to “do everything within its capacity to ensure the release of all the other captives of Boko Haram which include Alice Loksha, the remaining health worker in captivity and Leah Sharibu, a 15 year old student abducted by the group in a separate incident in February.”

The insurgents still have Ms Loksha, another aid worker and a school girl, Ms Sharibu in captivity.

The Boko Haram insurgency has caused the death of about 100,000 people since 2009, according to the Borno State Government, whose state is most affected by the insurgency.

Due to the efforts of the military and other security agencies, the terror attacks have been largely limited to Adamawa, Borno and Yobe since 2016. Before then, attacks were carried out in many Northern Nigerian states including Kano, Nasarawa and Abuja.

Despite the efforts of the military, however, the latest attacks show the terrorists are still able to carry out attacks on civilian and military targets.
Source: Premium Times
* News / Hospitals 'Plugging' Shortages of Nurses by Using Cheaper Workers, Expert Fear by katty: October 18, 2018, 09:42:58 AM
UK: NHS hospitals are "plugging the care gap" with healthcare assistants amid a growing shortage of nurses, a new report suggests.

The study found the number of healthcare assistants is rising at four times that of nurses, amid a shortage of around 35,000 nurses.



For every nurse taken on between December 2015 and December 2017, four of the cheaper workers were hired.

In some areas, hospitals lost almost exactly as many nurses as they hired healthcare assistants, raising fears that the cheaper workers were being used as substitutes, endangering patient safety.

The study found almost one in three care roles in NHS trusts is now filled by a healthcare assistant.

Patients’ groups said the trends were “frightening”.

It follows warnings that the workers are being used as “nurses on the cheap” and left unsupervised because of shortages of nurses.

Healthcare assistants are meant to help trained nurses, carrying out basic tasks such as feeding patients, answering calls bells and helping them to the toilet.

But there is increasing concern that they are being used to perform tasks for which they are not trained - such as administration of medicines, or being left in charge of multiple patients.

The study, by BPP University School of Nursing, says soaring vacancies of nurses over the period paint an "alarming picture,” with heavy reliance on agency nurses, as well as assistants.

Worst affected areas are the north west and east of England, where nursing vacancies rose by 48 per cent and 46 per cent respectively.

Across all English trusts, the nursing and midwifery vacancy rate rose from 28,713 in December 2015 to 34,682 in December 2017 – a rise of 21 per cent they wrote.

"Although nursing numbers appear to be holding up, the sharp increase in vacancies tells a different story. They have soared by over a fifth in two years," they wrote.

"To plug that care gap, trusts are increasingly turning to healthcare assistants, whose numbers have grown substantially."

Healthcare assistants, whose pay starts at around £17,000 a year, have far less training than nurses, who are required to undertake a nursing degree, with starting salaries of around £23,000.

The study warns: “Although nursing numbers appear to be holding up, the sharp increase in vacancies tells a different story. They have soared by over a fifth in two years – although there are significant regional variations. As the country’s ageing population has risen, demand for more care and more complex care has increased. There are 2,200 more emergency admissions per day than there were five years ago, for instance, 31 per cent more diagnostic tests, while delays due to waiting for available home care have more than doubled.

“Unfortunately, supply hasn’t increased in line with that demand – hence the shortfall in recruitment and the rise in use of agency nurses, which increased by 37 per cent between December 2015 and December 2017.”

Overall, while the number of nurses rose by 0.5 per cent between December 2015 to December 2017, the number of healthcare assistants rose by 6.5 per cent, the analysis shows.

In total, 29 per cent of care roles in NHS trusts in England are now being carried out by healthcare assistants, the study found.

The report, was based on responses to Freedom on Information requests to NHS trusts in England – of which 67 per cent of acute trusts responded.

Joyce Robins, from Patient Concern, said the trends were “frightening”.

She said: “This is really worrying, there is such a paucity of trained staff, and we are seeing far too much reliance on staff who just aren’t trained for the tasks they are doing.”

Dr Anne Corrin, head of professional learning development at the Royal College of Nursing, said: "Healthcare assistants offer vital support to registered nurses and other clinical staff, and perform an important role as part of a multi-disciplinary team.

"But it is a very different role to a registered nurse and cannot and should not be used as a substitute.

"This is not fair on healthcare assistants, who may feel under pressure to perform tasks they are not trained for, and it is not fair on patients, who will rightly be concerned if healthcare assistants are replacing registered nurses.

"This trend highlights yet again that across England we are desperately short of registered nurses.”

Source: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/10/17/hospitals-plugging-shortages-nurses-using-cheaper-workers-experts/
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