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Public poll shows support for NHS strike

A poll for the union Unite shows the public supports health workers in their campaign for an above-inflation pay rise.

A survey of more than 1,000 people showed that almost two thirds thought a continued below-inflation one per cent pay cap was unfair.

Three out of five of those questioned said they believed industrial action being taken by NHS workers was justified.

According to Frances O'Grady, of the Trades Union Congress, this is the first time there has been a national strike over pay in the NHS since 1982.

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Sheffield hospital gears up to help with Ebola

A specialist unit in South Yorkshire is gearing up to deal with a potential outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in the UK.

The government's emergency committee Cobra met today to discuss readiness after a Spanish nurse because the first person to contract the disease outside Africa.

A unit at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital in Sheffield is one of a few in the country which could take patients with Ebola, if the need arises. Frazer Maude reports;

Sheffield hospital on stand-by for ebola outbreak

It has been revealed that plans issued last month have put several hospitals, including some in Sheffield, on stand-by for an outbreak of ebola in the UK.

Sheffield hospital on stand-by for ebola outbreak

Health officials revealed yesterday that there are no plans to screen travellers entering the UK for the virus, as more than 100 Army medics prepare to travel to Sierra Leone to help tackle the epidemic, which has led to social unrest.

Last month, nurse William Pooley was successfully treated in an isolation unit at London's Royal Free Hospital after contracting Ebola while working in Sierra Leone.

Guidance issued to hospitals by NHS England last month shows that the Royal Free would treat anyone infected in a UK outbreak, with plans in place to transfer patients to hospitals in Newcastle, Sheffield and Liverpool if numbers increase.

The Royal Hallamshire Hospital in Sheffield has been chosen to treat patients.

Last night Mr Cameron spoke to the president of Sierra Leone Ernest Bai Koroma, who said the situation in his country continues to be "very serious".

Downing Street said the Prime Minister assured him the UK will continue to do everything it can to support his administration's efforts to battle the disease.

Britain has already provided aid totalling £125 million.

Officials stressed that the meeting in Whitehall was one of a regular series of meetings and had been in the PM's diary for some time.

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BRI: Report recognises 'significant progress'

We are pleased that the CQC has lifted their warning notice on staffing and have acknowledged the significant progress we have made in all of the areas they reviewed.

We have made considerable improvements and are working hard to fill our remaining vacancies. We are fully committed and focused on ensuring that we have the correct numbers and ratio of staff in all areas of the Foundation Trust, although we acknowledge that on some shifts this can still prove a challenge and we sometimes fall short of our expected levels, despite trying to back-fill these posts with bank or agency staff.

“We continue to actively recruit but recognise that this is against a national backdrop of increased competition for nursing posts in the wake of the Francis Report and the new NICE guidelines on nurse-to-patient ratios.

We pay tribute to our staff’s hard work, commitment and willingness to work with us as we continue to focus on increasing our workforce, enhancing patient care and improving the experience of our patients. This has been instrumental in the achievements the CQC are reporting.

– Juliette Greenwood, Chief Nurse

CQC: More work to be done at BRI

We carried out an inspection at Bradford Royal Infirmary in July this year to monitor the trust’s progress in addressing the requirements set out in our previous report released in January. We were pleased to see evidence of improvement in all areas reviewed.

Although we are encouraged by this improvement and have lifted the warning notice served in October in relation to staffing, more work still needs to be done to ensure that there are appropriate numbers of qualified staff on duty at all times.

It is vital that the improvements made to date are fully embedded in the trust’s culture and sustained for the future.

Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust will be subject to a further inspection under our new approach later this year.

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Staffing issues raised in Bradford hospital report

A Care Quality Commission report into the standard of care at Bradford Royal Infirmary has found that staffing levels at the hospital do not meet the required standards.

Staffing issues raised in Bradford hospital report

It follows from a report in October 2013 after which the hospital was served with a warning about the number of staff available across various departments and A&E.

All other areas under scrutiny, including patient treatment, management and safety, met the required standards.

The report said:

We found staffing levels on the wards and departments we visited, particularly qualified nurses, were not consistently at the recommended levels as determined by the trust.

We found at the last inspection short-falls in staffing numbers across many ward and department areas including qualified nurses, healthcare assistants, middle grade doctors and consultant doctors.

There was acknowledgment from the trust that the extent of the staffing shortages had not been fully recognised at the time of the previous inspection and the progress with recruitment had not been monitored closely enough.

– CQC report on Bradford Royal Infirmary
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