Health and care staff shortage nearly at 300k

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According to reports, the patient had been given antibiotic treatment in the ambulance but suffered cardiac arrest in the vehicle as no beds were available in the hospital on Tuesday. Paramedics and ambulance workers have been raising the alarm up and down the country for months that ambulances are now being seen as extra wards as there is an insufficient amount of hospital beds.

NHS staff have spoken out about some patients who have been made to wait hours in the back of the ambulance where they have then been treated and sent home without making it into the hospital.

Now the CQC has said that the cost-of-living crisis is likely to push NHS staff away to better paid positions which will worsen the staff shortage issue which is plaguing the health organisation.

According to the CQC, in order to fill the gaps in the workforce, they will have to recruit the equivalent to the population of New Castle to help the health and care system which is now “gridlocked”.

The CQC have said that it is getting “tougher and tougher” to access care with 132,000 vacancies in the NHS and 165,000 in social care.

The workforce gaps are severely impacting waiting lists, accident, and emergency response times and hospital bed availability.

The CQC concluded that the entire health and care system is “unable to operate effectively”.

Chief Executive Ian Trenholm said that the recruitment issue “is going to translate into real difficulty” in the winter and the coming years.

He added: “And this is not just a care consequence. There’s an economic consequence to all of this as well.

“People who are ill can’t go back to work because they’re in a backlog, in some kind of queue waiting for care.”

According to the NHS England chief executive Amanda Pritchard, around 10,000 hospital patients are medically fit for discharge but are unable to be moved as there is no care services for them in the community.

The CQC said that only two out of five people are able to leave hospital when ready which is fuelling the issue of record-breaking waiting times in emergency apartments and ambulance handover delays.

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Meanwhile, in some care homes across the country, there are available beds for new patients, but the homes will refuse entry on grounds that there is not enough staff to provide a safe level of care.

The Association of Directors of Adult Social Services said that over half a million people (542,002) are thought to be waiting for assessments, reviews, or the beginning of care since the end of April 2022.

Without urgent measures being taken, the CQC warned that more staff will quit meaning services will be stretched even further and patients will be put at further risk of harm.

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