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Record number of new nurse recruits to join Midlands hospital ranks

160 new nurses will join The Heart of England NHS Trust Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire/Press Association Images

A record number of new nurses will soon be joining wards at Solihull, Heartlands and Good Hope Hospitals.

The Heart of England NHS Trust has just taken on a hundred and sixty nurses.

It's hoped the new recruits will boost morale and reduce the use of agency and temporary staff.

"We are confident we have attracted the best talent to provide the best patient care and are hugely appreciative that they have made the decision to join us."

– Sam Foster, Chief Nurse, Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust

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Chief Inspector of Hospitals takes action after inspection at Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust

Worcestershire Acute Hospitals issued a warning following an inspection Credit: Chris Radburn/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Worcestershire Acute Hospitals have been issued a warning by England's Chief Inspector of Hospitals, Professor Sir Mike Richards, following an inspection.

CQC visited the trust, unannounced, on 24 March, following concerns regarding the emergency departments at the trust’s Alexandra Hospital and Worcestershire Royal Hospital, and today, a report has been published of publishes of the inspection.

Areas focused on by the CQC included the safety of patients, particularly in the emergency department, as well as delays in handovers and a shortage of staff.

CQC’s Chief Inspector of Hospitals, Professor Sir Mike Richards, said:

“Our inspectors were concerned at what they found in the emergency departments at Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust. We found there were delays in handovers from ambulance crews, there was a shortage of nursing and senior medical staff and we had concerns about safeguarding procedures concerning children and the management of medicines.

“This is why we took immediate action. Our team gave feedback on their findings to the trust as soon as they had finished their inspection and this was quickly followed by CQC issuing warning notices and placing a condition on the trust’s registration. We have been closely monitoring the trust since our inspection, working with the Trust Development Authority and other stakeholders, such as the local Clinical Commissioning Groups and NHS England, and we will continue to do so.

“Our inspectors will return to the trust unannounced at a future date to check on whether improvements have been made. If improvements are not made we will consider what further action we need to take.

“Significant work is needed to improve services at the trust so that it meets the standards people have a right to expect.

“The trust knows what it now needs to do to ensure change takes place.”

A condition was placed on the trust’s registration with regard to the service at Worcestershire Royal Hospital.

The trust has been given instructions to improve care and pay special attention to staffing levels and the maintenance of equipment at Worcestershire Royal Hospital.

NHS Nottingham march to take place

Hundreds are expected to march in Nottingham today in defence of NHS services. Credit: PA Wire

Hundreds are expected to march in Nottingham today in defence of NHS services.

Marchers will meet at the Forest Recreation Ground, before heading to Old Market Square to hold a rally.

Since we last met in Nottingham we have seen a continuation of a National Health Service under strain.

Longer waiting times, queuing ambulances and threats of cuts and closures have increased.

– Rehana Azam, organiser

Prime Minister David Cameron has praised his party's record on the NHS, saying that instead of broken promises on funding, he's kept them.

He said: "We've increased [NHS] spending by over 12.7bn pounds ...We got rid of 20,000 bureaucrats in the NHS and put that money into 9,000 more doctors and 7,000 more nurses."

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Government to crackdown on whistleblower bullying

Legislation on whistleblowers will be fast-tracked in response to a major report into how thousands of NHS staff have been been bullied by colleagues after raising concerns about patient care, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has announced.

The review, lead by Sir Robert Francis QC, found some NHS staff were driven to the brink of suicide after voicing their concerns.

ITV News Political Correspondent Libby Wiener reports:

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Mid Staffs whistleblower 'wasn't surprised' at findings

A former nurse who helped lead the fight against shocking failings at Stafford Hospital told ITV News she "wasn't surprised" by the findings of a report into the treatment of NHS whistleblowers.

Helene Donnelly was a key witness in the Mid Staffordshire public inquiry and has recently been appointed as Ambassador for Cultural Change at the local NHS Trust.

Donnelly said: "It stands to reason that if I've experienced it in my Trust and I know of others who have as well, that there are going to be others who have suffered in the same way.

"All members of staff working in the NHS and social care have a duty to speak out if they see things that are not right, and we must create a culture where they can do that and feel safe."

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