All the experts are now telling the Government to get a grip on staffing levels. The time for excuses is over.
Don Berwick has today joined Robert Francis and Bruce Keogh in warning of the dangers understaffed wards. It's been six months since a public inquiry told the Government to get clarity on safe staffing levels. Since then, the job cuts have continued and now 1 in 10 hospitals do not have enough staff.
While Ministers dragged their feet, over 800 nursing jobs were lost last month alone – now totalling almost 5000 since the election. David Cameron must now urgently intervene to ensure safe staffing levels in our hospitals. These dangerous cuts to nursing posts prove you can’t trust the Tories with the NHS.
In March, Prof Berwick said he would recommend how the NHS could take "serious and profound" action to improve safety.
He said: "Assuring patient safety and high quality care is never automatic. It requires the constant attention of leaders and continual support to the workforce.
"I have read, and been deeply affected by, the harrowing personal stories of individuals and families who were so badly injured when this commitment flagged at Mid Staffordshire Hospitals.
"Our group will do whatever it can to recommend how the NHS in England take serious and profound action, learning from this tragedy to make patient care and treatment as safe as it can possibly be, and ever safer.
"Indeed, there is no reason why English healthcare cannot aspire to be and become the safest healthcare in the world."