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Devastating plans have been drawn up to axe 1200 NHS staff jobs, including more than 600 nurses, in the greater Glasgow area. The proposed job losses are part of a wider plan, resulting from the bankers' bailout and the national debt, which could see up to 5,000 NHS posts lost in Scotland over the coming year.

Health service unions have described the porposals as "appalling", and are furious that the move could see 670 nurse and midwife posts cut while only 30 managers would go at NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, the country's largest health board.

Matt McLaughlin, of the health service union Unison, said:
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"These are real cuts and they will have an impact on frontline services. In Glasgow and Clyde, we have already seen cleaning hours cut back and specialist nurses being asked to fill in for vacancies on the rota. Now, we have the appalling prospect of nurses, midwives and other frontline medical staff facing redundancy."

Norman Provan, of the Royal College of Nursing in Scotland, added:
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"This confirms our worst fears and, if implemented, will put patient safety at risk. It is simply not possible to cut this number of nursing and other posts without affecting the quality of patient care and patient safety. We have been warning for some time that the board's plans are reckless and put short-term financial considerations ahead of patient need."

A Greater Glasgow and Clyde health board spokesman said:
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"We can confirm that we anticipate a reduction in our staffing of 1,252 over the next 18 months as we continue to modernise and redesign our services. Between 2009 and 2012 we will have spent £350million on modernising our hospitals and other facilities, equipment and support services. We are confident that these changes can be achieved through natural wastage."

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TeeHeeHee
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"We are confident that these changes can be achieved through natural wastage."

How often has this phrase been bandied about?
Reverse peristalsis.
Nurses being blown out because banks were bailed out. What has the Health Service got to do with ailing banks whose excuses for financial wizards received massif bonuses even after running the banks to the ground?

penny dainty
Absolutely ridiculous, what do they expect of the poor nurses who dont lose their jobs then, are they expected to do the work of 2 or 3 people .I think not , us nurses work hard enough often cop for a lot of abuse by the adoring public and for not very much money, work long hours, missing meal breaks and generally treated as dogs bodies by many.

Wake up and smell the coffee you stupid politicians before you lose the health sevice completely.
tombro
The whole idea just proves what various Governments (throughout the whole world, sadly) value more !

My Banking Mates' (they finance my Political Party) continued existence is definitely more important than providing Health Care for the masses. After all, how much money do the masses provide towards my continued political existence ?

That (it seems) is the philosophy our present politics based world works on !

Tombro unsure.gif
bilbo.s
Viva la revolución!

Cuba has problems, mainly caused by the vicious and spiteful embargo by USA, but has 1 doctor for every 40 families and plenty nurses.
TeeHeeHee
I was rushed into hospital in Norfolk years ago with burst ulcers and had to wait over 4 or 5 hours while they flew a doctor up from London (an old Scotsman). During the op I had to be reanimated 3 times (my ex-wife said 5 times but she was always prone to exaggeration). The next day I had a long talk with the doctor concerning my life style and the self-abuse of my body.
I explained to him my working life; minimum 12 hour shifts which could stretch to 16+ with sometimes a ghoster (24 hrs +) thrown in for good measure and that for 7 days a week for weeks on end without break just to get an aircraft out of the hangar and back into the air where it belonged - all this with hurried or no breaks, coffee by the gallon and straight into the pub to come down before the stress of the next shift.
The Doctor found this explanation to be very interesting as it was the first time that he had heard of the exact same conditions which befell young interns and nursing staff.
Ulcers were an occupational hazard in the Health Service, he explained.
That was back in 1980.
I guess things haven't improved any.
As a frequent hospital guest, the medical services have my full sympathy and support.
droschke7
wasn't this fairly obvious as soon as Camerons mob got in? TYhey only have one seat in Scotland and now they are going to make us pay for it.
Patter Merchant
How can anyone seriously think that cutting this many frontline jobs will NOT affect services? These management imbeciles think that we are stupid! Of course they get paid so much that they -- or their family -- don't need to worry about the state of the NHS cause they'll all be private!!

Viva la revolución for me too!!!
Rob Rattray
I've seen too much of this occur here at Brisbane where we are suffering from nursing shortages also, not because of a lack of willing nurses but because new hospitals have been built [Royal Brisbane and Womens Hospital built 1997-8] but never been substantially staffed with trained persons resulting in poor Health standards throughout the South-East of Queensland and the rest ot the State. It used to have 1200+ patients housed 15 years ago but now one would not expect to see half that number because of what is aforementioned in lack of staff. Wards, although stocked with equipment [now-out-of-date] are simply not used for their intended purpose!
Glasgow is a much bigger city than Brisbane and has a higher population so do not treat your citizens to a lower standard of care than they deserve. How to stop this fanatical proposition would be to place one of your Government hierarchy in one of your hospitals and make him/her wait 6-7 hours for attention when Nurses are unavailable because of their[Government] cutback ideas. I'm sure this might sway the final decision!
Good Luck and may the Lord be with ye.
Rob

P.S. I was a victim of those RBH cutbacks back in '97 so I DO know what I'm talking about.
Backcauseway
Is it "nurses" or "nursing posts". There is a big difference. Some NHS units keep a "sort of reserve" of unfilled posts. These "unfilled posts" if they are needed to be filled for a day or two have agency or "bank" staff used. So if all agency and "bank" staff were not used. Also if certain units were operated more efficiently then these posts could be lost by natural wastage easily. One major problem is patients who just dont turn up to keep appointments. These who dont turn up should perhaps be charged £20. Dont pay they go to bottom of the list. You have nursing and medical staff sitting doing nothing and getting paid due to this. So that is another area where savings can be made. Should the NHS fund people telling people what to eat and drink? As someone who once was in this area of work it is quite surprising the duplication of resources and non-front line medical staff in the NHS who could probably be done away with before anyone noticed! Then again does the public actually know how much an out of hours doctor - usually a local GP doing some moonlighting say 4 hours a night- actually earn per hour? Are some of the consultants actually worth what they get paid? Remember consultants are a form of "private contractors" who can and do negotiate almost down to individual pay rates. How many consultants earn more than £250,000 per year in the Greater Glasgow NHS? Another thing that has been conveniently forgotten. Most drugs are priced in US dollars due to most of the big drug companies being tied in with US companies. Now the £ has collapsed in value against the $. One reason petrol prices have risen. Hence drug costs are up 7 to 9%. The NHS is getting an increase over inflation but it will not meet the drug costs.
Taylor9
god help us,only a week in power,whats next.???????????????
Tam blair
Why don't they consider axing 600 popliticians instead of nurses. Every country is overgoverned so they would'nt be missed I'm sure. Maybe then the trough would be big enough for them.
Fearn
Hi All - I've been keeping tabs on the Board but haven't been posting - in advanced stage of emphysema I just take life one day at a time - our crazy weather is of no help!

Loss of 670 Nurses - It's no consolation but here in Ontario (Canada) we're experiencing the same thing........just don't get sick any time after 12 noon on a Friday or a holiday /bank holiday weekend. Most Doc offices have shut up shop and you're advised to proceed to your closest ER - failing that you can call, (anytime after 9a.m. Saturday morning) - (a number is rattled off) to make an appointment with an on call Doc. or, if you choose, go to a Walkin Clinic.
Assuming your problem stems from an 'ongoing' condition, you're fresh out of luck - the Doc you see knows nothing about you..........Calling 911 (ambulance pickup) is an option. You're taken to where there is space. If you want any care while you're strapped to a gurney awaiting admission and also when assigned a bed, it's best to bring your Personal Care Worker (a service you personally pay for) as Nurses "are not your personal servants....." - that's what I was told when I asked /needed, whilst in ER, a bathroom visit. When a bed was found for me, it was no different. Nurses these days seem to spend their 12 hour, 4 days per week shift time futzing around with computer reporting than they do with patients. Then around 5am the patient is awakened so that 'vitals' can be recorded - just dozing off, the day shift comes in - they too want 'vitals'. Breakfast trays start arriving about 8.00am - poor patient - x-rays, scans,test etc. are scheduled and you're whipped off. By the time you get back, breakfast is gone and you are most fortunate if you can persuade anyone on staff to even bring a cup of coffee or tea - lunch, served between noon and 1.00p.m.[size="4"][/size] is a l-o-n-g way off! For sure you need a PCW!!

Hospital CEO's here in Ontario are pulling in annual salaries in excess of CAD$1,000,000.00 - for doing (far as I can make out) very little. Everyone discharged from hospital is requested to complete a 4 page questionaire to "maintain/improve our high standards" destined for the CEO - - I've completed and returned every survey (frequently accompanied by a letter setting out my concerns) - never once had an acknowlegement............

Health care, particularly for Seniors, seems to have gone he way of the DoDo bird........regardless of how much you paid during the working years - VERY SAD!!!!!!
jean1e
I have been a nurse with the NHS for years, including Greater Glasgow and Clyde health board. I have recently moved to England where staff shortages and complaints from the public are stressing nurses out, and good nurses are made to feel incompetant because it is almost impossible for nurses to finish the tasks they are given within their shift due to staff shortages. This is forcing nurses out of the health service and into private nursing homes where things are not so manic. I dread to think where the health service will be in a few years time. Cutting nurse jobs is crazy and it is the general public who will suffer.
Fearn
Couldn't resist posting this..............Just received via e-mail - more truth than fiction!

These are actual writings from various hospital (Canadian) charts.

1. The patient refused an autopsy.
2. The patient has no previous history of suicides.
3. Patient has left white blood cells at another hospital.
4. She has no rigors or shaking chills, but her husband states she was very hot in bed last night.
5. Patient has chest pain if she lies on her left side for over a year.
6. On the second day, the knee was better, and on the third day it disappeared.
7. The patient is tearful and crying constantly. She also appears to be depressed.
8. The patient has been depressed since she began seeing me in 1993.
9. Discharge status: Alive but without permission.
10. Healthy appearing decrepit 69-year old male, mentally alert, but forgetful.
11. Patient had waffles for breakfast and anorexia for lunch.
12. She is numb from her toes down.
13. While in ER, she was examined, x-rated, and sent home.
14. The skin was moist and dry.
15. Occasional, constant infrequent headaches.
16. Patient was alert and unresponsive.
17. Rectal examination revealed a normal size thyroid.
18. She stated that she had been constipated for most of her life, until she got a divorce.
19. I saw your patient today, who is still under our car for physical therapy.
20. Both breasts are equal and reactive to light and accommodation.
21. Examination of genitalia reveals that he is circus sized.
22. The lab test indicated abnormal lover function.
23. Skin: somewhat pale but present
24. The pelvis exam will be done later on the floor.
25. Patient has two teenage children, but no other abnormalities.
penny dainty
Some very appropriate statements there Fearn lol.

In Brisbane at the moment there is a debacale with nurses wages in the public sector. they have not been paid for several weeks now and still they come into work every day .The mess is such that the nurses dont even know how much they are owed , mortgages , bills ect are causing them no end of worry and they cant seem to get it sorted out at all.So i'm thinking there will be a shortage of nurses here in Brisbane soon too as the existing ones will be retraing for jobs that actaully pays them a wage.
weebren3
Well did the politicians not say there will be cuts,but start with scotland.you should ask them to for the same health care they get.I bet the imigrants will get good care,They should cut back on bringing them to scotland or they will cry wolf. The people who have cancer need the care,people with problems that are in bad shape.However the govt. will keep cuting all they can.The nurses care we need,times are bad we can control the political partys we choose,it is up to us
cheryl
I work in the maternity in Greater Glasgow and Clyde and they've just spent thousands painting all the wards because they are having an inspection in a few weeks. Another example of how they waste money when we are in dire need of more nursing staff. surely the money can be saved elsewhere what about the amount of waste that occurs in the wards for a start. every day i watch hundreds of nappies, cotton wool plastic bags and incontinence pads all unused go straight in the bin. and the amount of food wasted is unbelievable. Full trays of food in the bin 3 times a day enough meals to feed about 20 people. All this together is surely more than i earn per week. Stop ordering hundreds of boxes of leaflets that lie in cupboards for years and no one reads them anyway. Interpreters that are coining in hundreds by the hour. Tons of unnecessary paperwork. Small measures like these could make a big difference. I'm sure there are easier ways of cutting back than paying off the staff who are already stretched to the limit at the moment one midwife looks after 14 patients and 14 babies maybe twins they could all be breast feeding that takes up loads of time there could be diabetic patients among these women that require a little extra observation. All the women need individual care and one midwife between all these women is ridiculous at the moment what will happen if they cut the number of nurses we have ???. We already work 12 hour shifts with no breaks because were so pressed you go home dead on your feet. We need more nurses not less. Why should we bail out the banks. Cut there huge bonuses they made the mess. Cut the politicians expenses they've been ripping us off for years. I think we should strike and not take this lying down it's time to stand up to these people once and for all.
Jupiter
That last post by Cheryl is a real tear jerker and eye opener.I believe every word of it but sadly I think we all have to face the fact that in the very near future life is going to be less pleasant due to savage cutbacks right across the board irrespective of the rights or wrongs of them simply because the money supply into government coffers in the country has dropped dramatically due to the recession and borrowing is no longer an option.The amount of money allocated to Scotland every year from Westminster will take a big hit and the effects of this will ripple down.Already we hear of prescription and eye test charges being restored.Ive heard that senior citizens are to lose free travel concessions.VAT is a cert to rise and 20% is the likely figure.
Jupiter
Ive just read headlines in the Herald where Lothian and Borders Health Board are proposing to cut 2000 jobs in the next couple of years.
Backcauseway
Should cosmetic surgery and IVF be on the NHS? There are certain "procedures" that are not strictly necessary. Maybe these could be cut rather than front line services. I agree on the waste. Why should the NHS pay for interpretors?
ladihelen
Here in the sticks we have just opened a spanking new state of the art medical center which although giving staff a nice new environment will be a bugbear to most of our elderly population
Its UP the hill in front of the school and away from the village ...WHO in their wildest dreams planned that one Someone in Highland though we are Strathclyde and now everything ,results and stuff have to go through OBAN ?????? from Dunoon ???
To have a central post box for prescriptions would be NOT Health and Safety approved so all these old souls without transport have to pay for a taxi or cadge a lift Supposed to get Dental.Botox,etc Aye RIGHT !
*ejlch*
Somebody posted:

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"wasn't this fairly obvious as soon as Camerons mob got in? They only have one seat in Scotland and now they are going to make us pay for it"

I think the NHS and the state of the UK economy in general is too serious for making party-political points.

One could just as easily (and more accurately) say "Isn't it obvious that the Blair Brown Government made a horrendous mess of the public finances and got out just in time as the consequences of their ineptness are coming home.

No sensible person can blame a new government of a few days for consequences that have built up during the previous government's 13 years. And under the voting system it matters nothing that the Tories have only one seat in Scotland, after an election for the British parliament, not the Scottish parliament (as the Labour and Liberal Parties, as well as the Tories, kept lecturing the SNP).

But as I say, this issue is too serious for petty party points - none of the politicians were honest with us in the run up to the election - the government was especially dishonest because it 'knew the books' and therefore knew what was about to happen.

It is down the ordinary tax payer voter to be realistic and mature and start judging all politicians on what they do - not what they say. After all in the past 10m years it is a fact that inequality sharply grew sharply across the UK despite a government that was supposed to be all about equality.
catriona cameron
hi everone my name is catriona cameron [ i get called ona so you all can use this if you like ] I am appolled at the cut back of nurses as they are somtimes better than doctors by my own exspearinice. godbless all the nurses and doctors everywhere please rethink what you are doing you are playing with peoples lives why not stop the bank mangers getting big bounces and plough lat into saving our nureses goodluck to all its time to st and up and be counted amen.

lots of love ona wub.gif
benny
What better way to ensure privatisation of the NHS than to adminster severe cuts year after year, demoralising staff and patients alike, so that complaint levels soar? Make the NHS look bad and privatisation will look like a good alternative to some.
*nessie80*
I am sorry to hear about the governments plans to cut back on nurses. I trained as a nurse in Britain 30 years ago, and it was the best training ever. I have resided in the USA for the past 28 years and always brag about British nurses being the best in the world, especialy when it comes to compassion and genuine caring. I remember after I graduated, I worked nights on a surgical floor in charge of 30 patients and had the assistance of one auxillary nurse. I used to run my butt off and would be so tired in the morning. That was back when the NHS first started to have financial problems and there were all these nurses graduating with no jobs available. My sister just graduated as a registered nurse in England, and God bless her she is 53 years old, but has wanted to be a nurse her whole life and is aware of the NHS shortages and wants to work within the NHS system. Years ago in Britain you could be the smartest person in the class, but if the tutors did not think you had what it took to be a nurse you were kicked out of the program. It is not surprising that less young people are going into the profession, more and more nurses are expected to work short staffed, for low wages and do work that some people would absolutely baulk at...all with a smile on your face, and God forbid if you make a mistake, it could cost someone their life and you a huge lawsuit. My sister told me that a lot of British nurses are leaving the country to come to the States. God help us over here when that idiot Obama takes over our health care........
lewis
NOTHING UPSETS THE PEOPLE MORE THAN AN ATTACK ON NHS. ME FOR ONE. I SEE MR SALMOND SAYING ITS NO ME, ITS THAT CROWD IN LONDON THAT IS MAKING ME DO THIS.
j.irvine bell
As the father of a nurse and a very regular user of the health service,three treatment appointments and two clinic appointments between 10th and 14th May alone in the Royal Infirmary = G.R.I. and a Diabetic who has to travel to Stobhill ( see previous post ) I am scunnered by this latest move. At the moment when my daughter is on night shift she, a staff nurse, is very often on with an auxilliary nurse with a ward of 30 + patients with no other help except a doctor on call. I know from my own experience that while the staff, both medical and ancillary, are,for the most part, excellant at what they do how on earth are they going to cope with an ever increasing demand and substantially fewer staff ? When they closed the diabetic clinic in the G.R.I. I was told that they were going to pull down the building and build an office block in its place. Imagine my surprise then when a few weeks ago I tried to access the ground floor clinic area of the G.R.I. from the car park to find that the access not only had been closed but the doorway bricked up forcing me, a registered disabled person, to walk a considerable distance in some pain and a lot of discomfort, to the main entrance and then double back to the clinic I was attending, making me in the process,late for my appointment!. In the meantime the plastic surgery unit that was at the entrance near the car park had been moved. Guess where? The clinic area previously occupied by the diabetic clinic! The policy making for the Hospitals in the care of the G.G.& C.H.B. is in the hands of accountants and any health professionals involved seem to have lost their raison d'etre. I would suggest that the Doctors in particular on the Health Board and all others as a matter of understanding their principle duty of care, go to the main entrance of the G.R.I. in Alexandra Parade where they will see a large mural on which is a copy of the Hypocratic Oath. Hopefully this will remind them, not only of their first care as physicians but the guiding principles of our society which puts the care of the sick, children and elderly before all else. Or am I as a Christian out of touch with reality and the needs of 21st Century society? I think and hope not. Humanists and athiests to say nothing of all other major Faiths are in agreement with this fundamental principle of Christian teaching. If financial constraints are truly necessary then all juncketing and " fact finding" tours should be stopped. Most information is now available, as we all know. on the information highway and therefore negates the need for "fact finding" trips to far flung corners of the Earth and the vast expenditure such excesses bring in their wake. An exception for medical/surgical personnel and clinical researchers has to be made where it has to be a hands on excercise. Otherwise do it in your own office during working hours and on your publicly paid for computers. I appreciate that even this would not satisfy the bean counters but that horrible word - prioritize - should not be enforced at the expense of those less fortunate in health and wealth. mad.gif sad.gif
*Richard*
Why target nursing and midwifery staff when more savings could be made by reducing more expensive bureaucratic posts. If skilled nursing staff are got rid of. The Health Service will fall apart. In short, people may die. You cannot replace experienced staff and hope they will return overnight in the case of a new epidemic for example. Nurses need to evidence their continued learning and work experience to maintain their registration.

I have never heard of such a short-sighted plan. I'm just glad I got out of the Health Service when I did.
GG
The SNP government has said today that there will be "no compulsory redundancies" among NHS staff during the upcoming programme of cuts. Health Secretary Nicola Sturgeon also claimed that providing a high standard of frontline care was a "guiding principle" for the Holyrood government.

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Guarantee of no compulsory redundancies for NHS

Health Secretary Nicola Sturgeon has offered a guarantee that no NHS employee will face compulsory redundancy amid pressure on budgets.

Last week NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde announced proposals to shed 1,252 jobs in the next 18 months.

Opposition politicians claimed plans by health boards to axe jobs will hit frontline services.

Ms Sturgeon said she was scrutinising workforce projections, with quality of frontline care the "guiding principle". ...

Full story at the BBC:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/8685564.stm

GG.
maggie mc manus34
QUOTE (Fearn @ 14th May 2010, 10:32pm) *
Couldn't resist posting this..............Just received via e-mail - more truth than fiction!

These are actual writings from various hospital (Canadian) charts.

1. The patient refused an autopsy.
2. The patient has no previous history of suicides.
3. Patient has left white blood cells at another hospital.
4. She has no rigors or shaking chills, but her husband states she was very hot in bed last night.
5. Patient has chest pain if she lies on her left side for over a year.
6. On the second day, the knee was better, and on the third day it disappeared.
7. The patient is tearful and crying constantly. She also appears to be depressed.
8. The patient has been depressed since she began seeing me in 1993.
9. Discharge status: Alive but without permission.
10. Healthy appearing decrepit 69-year old male, mentally alert, but forgetful.
11. Patient had waffles for breakfast and anorexia for lunch.
12. She is numb from her toes down.
13. While in ER, she was examined, x-rated, and sent home.
14. The skin was moist and dry.
15. Occasional, constant infrequent headaches.
16. Patient was alert and unresponsive.
17. Rectal examination revealed a normal size thyroid.
18. She stated that she had been constipated for most of her life, until she got a divorce.
19. I saw your patient today, who is still under our car for physical therapy.
20. Both breasts are equal and reactive to light and accommodation.
21. Examination of genitalia reveals that he is circus sized.
22. The lab test indicated abnormal lover function.
23. Skin: somewhat pale but present
24. The pelvis exam will be done later on the floor.
25. Patient has two teenage children, but no other abnormalities.

maggie mc manus34
Hi guys!! I laughed so much at the oneliners I can't concentrate. Anyhoo!! i'm an auxiliary nurse and have been for many years and there is nothing within reason that i won't do for my patients. However we are often shortstaffed and we are now in wards, with single rooms where the said patient thinks there's only he or she and not 15 others all looking for attention. I just ask the public this.. please don't buzz if it's something that can wait 10mins. I regularly have to explain that I have had to leave a wee distressed patient because someone has buzzed to ask for the telly to be changed or even just what's on telly or what's the time or even to get a pen from under the bed. I HAVE TO..answer the buzzer in case it is a genuine emergency, Ihave know way of knowing if it's for something stupid or not and for them to say when i've explained what I was in the middle of doing with a ( AH DIDNAE KNOOOOOOW) is soul destroying sometimes. So before you have a wee ' upstairs downstairs moment' just think... NOO!!!! IF YOUR HAIR'S OAN FIRE, BUZZ BUZZ!!! (only joking folks).
tamhickey
In my view, there will be financial as well as health care consequences to this disastrous short term decision. Fewer nurses must mean longer waiting lists as well as the closure of wards and departments meaning that patients will have to travel much further distances to specialist units. This being the case, it is likely that some people who could have been saved will die instead.
Of those who live, how much more money will have to be spent on out of hours Doctors having to make ever more consultations with their patients when hospital beds are at a premium?
To me, the appointees to Greater Glasgow Health board ought to resign as they have been doing all of the above for years now on the advice of their bean counters as opposed to the clinical needs of the population. How much could be saved if we were to rid ourselves of this self serving Quango and replace it with people who work at the sharp end of medicine, the doctors and nurses who work there on a daily basis? Perhaps this is the question that GGHB ought to concern itself with, for it is not fit for purpose as it stands and ought to be ashamed of itself.
TeeHeeHee
QUOTE (maggie mc manus34 @ 17th May 2010, 01:21am) *
Hi guys!! I laughed so much at the oneliners I can't concentrate. Anyhoo!! i'm an auxiliary nurse and ... I just ask the public this.. please don't buzz if it's something that can wait 10mins. .... So before you have a wee ' upstairs downstairs moment' just think... NOO!!!! IF YOUR HAIR'S OAN FIRE, BUZZ BUZZ!!! (only joking folks).

And I laughed at that one.
I spent another week in hospital rolleyes.gif just over a month ago. Had a three-man room to myself for a few days before the other patients moved in. One old guy seemed to be at deaths door (we all had broken legs) and in the night I had to Buzz, The nurse came in and I told her it was Mr Thingy who was in trouble (he'd been shouting and moaning something terrible). Poor guy was shouting at some people who weren't there, or they were there but the old guy was somewhere else with them. The nurse said it was better I called her on 10 false alarms than ignored the real emergency.
I know what it's like during the first day or two when the pain won't let go:
Shall I give you a wee bit of morphine Mr Hee? ...
Aye, fine hen. Could I have a wee nippy sweetie on ice with that too?
But it was difficult for me not to buzz after that. I had to keep telling myself It's just an old guy with a broken leg ... and Altzheimers biggrin.gif
darkside
See this article;
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NHS staff levels greater under SNP than under Labour

A defiant Nicola Sturgeon yesterday attacked Labour claims that the SNP were cutting front line services in the Scottish NHS. The Health Minister was appearing on The Politics Show Scotland alongside Labour MSP Jackie Baillie who had accused the SNP government of “breathtaking dishonesty” and of planning to cut 5000 front line staff across Scotland.

Ms Sturgeon appeared calm and authoritative as she explained that far from introducing cuts to the NHS, the SNP had actually increased the funding levels. It also emerged that current staff levels are now greater than they were under Labour, something the SNP’s Health Minister guaranteed would still be the case when their current term in office ended.

http://newsnetscotland.com/index.php?optio...cs&Itemid=2
darkside
And this one:

The health board claim hundreds of millions of pounds of new investment across the area will make patient care more effective.

An NHSGGC spokeswoman said:
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"Between 2009 and 2012 we will have spent s350 million on modernising our hospitals and other facilities, equipment and support services.

This investment will create purpose-built facilities, enabling us to provide care to our patients more efficiently and more effectively.

By redesigning our services, including a move for some services onto fewer sites, we have identified that we can provide the same high-quality care for our patients with fewer staff - 700 whole time equivalent in 2010/11 year, rising to 1252 whole time equivalent over 18 months."
elaine24
The NHS is going to bring n Grade 3 nurses - which will be one step above Auxilliary Nurses - and is the equivalent of 'non registered' nurse from the old days. In effect we are going back to having probably two 'registered' nurses - ie sister and one staff nurse and the rest will be grade 3 and below on a ward. How is this progress. A matron standing over professional nursing staff and checking the uniforms and the bed creases is not what modern patient care is about.
GG
In the news today:

QUOTE
NHS hires £100k HR boss to help axe 2,000 workers
Health authority accused of having 'warped priorities'

NHS Lothian has created a new £100,000-a-year human resources role as part of the same strategy which will axe 333 nurses, it can be revealed today.

It has emerged that while health chiefs want to slim the workforce by 2,000 over the next two years, an assistant director of HR has been appointed – on the wage of four nurses. Patient groups and politicians, who have campaigned for frontline workers to be protected, are furious that a six-figure salary could be given for a role that has not existed for at least three years. ...

Full story at the Scotsman:
http://news.scotsman.com/edinburgh/NHS-hir...k-HR.6313231.jp

GG.
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