Article originally posted on Cornwall Reports


Royal Cornwall Hospital (Treliske Hospital)
Royal Cornwall Hospital (Treliske Hospital)

Cornwall and Devon bottom of the league table for vacancies.

Over 15% of chemotherapy nursing posts are unfilled in Cornwall and Devon region (Peninsula) that includes Cornwall’s Treliske hospital.

Jennifer Forbes, Labour’s new Parliamentary Candidate, said “These figures are very disturbing and I shall be asking / have written to the hospital’s management for reassurance that this shortage is not impacting on the Headland Centre at Cornwall’s Treliske Hospital.”

The report, the Macmillan Cancer Workforce in England Report 2017, says staff are being run ragged as a ‘brutal’ government cuts and poor workforce planning.

Jennifer Forbes said many patients and carers have spoken to her about the dedication and hard work of staff at Truro’s Headland Unit. However, nurses are run off their feet dealing with patients. Vacancies in the region are higher than any other part of the country, even London is doing better.

The report suggests part of the reason may be that many of these highly sensitive nursing posts have been regraded to lower posts.

Jennifer demanded that hospital managers provide immediate reassurance that pay grades have not been lowered to attract the highly qualified nursing staff Cornish people need.

“Sarah Newton has recently met with NHS England staff and discussed the Sunrise centre and location of radiography services for cancer patients, after a high profile local campaign brought the issue to the table, but no indication is given that the fulfilment of these much needed nursing roles is being considered.”

(Asking hospital management to arrange visit to view facilities and talk to staff along with Labour hierarchy)

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