There’s much doom and gloom about the NHS this morning, with a report from health officials that free treatment
‘at the point of need’ could soon all but disappear owing to current spending cuts, and news that hospitals are
having to recruit nurses from overseas because of staff shortages.
The Mirror claims a leaked document from the NHS Confederation says free care will have to go unless there is a
According to the paper, the report concludes: ‘It is very possible the current basis of the NHS free for all at the
point of need will become unsustainable in the future.’
And many nationals report on the findings of a Nursing Times investigation revealing that hospital managers are
trawling European recruitment fairs to plug gaps in nursing posts.
Dr Peter Carter from the Royal College of Nursing said this ‘short-term, boom-and-bust workforce planning’ is
‘endemic in the NHS’.
He added: ‘It is frankly perplexing that on the one hand nursing posts are being cut and training places being
reduced, while on the other, desperate managers are raiding overseas workforces.’
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