Troubled Cumbrian hospitals recruit 120 nurses and consultants
Last updated at 11:39, Friday, 16 August 2013
More than 100 nurses and 20 consultants have been appointed in north Cumbria following the publication of the damning Keogh report.
North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust said it was continuing to work hard at addressing the areas recommended for improvement in the report.
Concerns were raised in last month’s report, including the levels of nursing and medical cover, and an over-reliance on locum support. The report acknowledged that the trust had already identified these issues as risks and the trust says it is working with Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation to strengthen its recruitment process.
The trust adds that its number one priority is to improve the quality of care for patients and will not settle for anything other than the best candidate for any available post.
And, while the trust has previously struggled to attract new consultants to north Cumbria, in particular to the West Cumberland Hospital in Whitehaven, due to its remoteness and other historical challenges, now more senior clinicians from across the country are coming forward.
Since last September 20 consultants and more than 100 nursing posts have been filled. The trust added that permanent consultants with years of experience were also currently being recruited. It insists this will help shape the future development of specialist services across north Cumbria while helping to reduce the historical costs of locum doctors.
Dr Madhusudhan Varma recently joined the Heart Centre at the Cumberland Infirmary – just as the new Primary PCI 24/7 emergency service for patients with life-threatening heart attacks was launching.
“Looking at the volume of patients we have been getting just in the first month, the predications were right that the volume would be extremely high, so this is the place to be for someone in my specialty”, Dr Varma, a consultant interventional cardiologist, said.
A sixth consultant interventional cardiologist is expected to join the team later this month. And new consultants in olorectal, vascular, upper gastrointestinal, and gynaecology are also being recruited for the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle and West Cumberland Hospital, along with specialists in rheumatology and respiratory.
A&E departments at the hospitals are also benefitting from new consultants.
Dr James Hayton has moved to West Cumberland Hospital from North Tees and Hartlepool.
First published at 11:35, Friday, 16 August 2013
Published by http://www.newsandstar.co.uk
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and how many of these new staff can understand or speak English?
Lets hope they have put a system in place to stop the staff throwing 'sickies' then, as you can employ 3000 more nurses but getting them to show up is another thing. As for making the recruitment process easier.......this has to be a joke! I had to fill out a full application ,wait to see if I had been short listed ,take time out to travel a 50mile round trip for an interview,to be interviewed then selected for a post I was already in and had been doing for 3months.All in the name of the recruitment process? Expensive waste of resources for the NHS and myself. Some things seriously need looked at!