Tuesday, 13 May 2008

Cash starved NHS trust puts one nurse in charge of ward

One nurse was left in charge of an entire ward for the bank holiday weekend because an NHS trust was trying to save money, a health has union claimed.
Union leaders said they were considering reporting the trust to the professional standards body for nursing as the ward is supposed to have at least seven nurses.

There were also calls for Alan Johnson, the Health Secretary, to intervene as patients fall victim to health service cuts.

The nurse was in sole charge of the 30-bed Kent ward, a mixed general ward, at Bridlington Hospital, East Yorks, over the most recent bank holiday weekend.

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