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Petition on Nurses Pay Sparks Parliamentary Debate

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Petition on Nurses Pay Sparks Parliamentary Debate

A petition calling for the end to pay restraint for Nurses and support staff has reached it’s target and is set to be debated in parliament.

The petition, which was set up by Registered Nurse and campaigner Danielle Tiplady in October 2016, has now been signed by over 100,000 people meaning parliament will have to consider holding a debate on the topic.

When a petition set up on the government site has 100,000 signatures it will be considered for debate in parliament – the debate is scheduled for the 30th of January 2017.

The Department of Health has already responded in writing to the petition following surpassing the interim goal of 10,000 signatures last year. But the reply was criticised by Nurses as using patient care as an excuse for pay restraint.

There is a trade-off between pay and jobs in many public services, and pay restraint is one of the many difficult choices the government has had to make,” said the Department of Health in the autumn statement.

In the petition introduction it explains that Agenda for Change staff including nurses, midwives and healthcare assistants, have “suffered a pay restraint” since 2010. “Losing around 14% in real terms of their pay, staff are struggling nationwide and many have been pushed into poverty,” she said. “The impact of the pay restraint is harsh,” she said. “Many are sadly leaving the professions they love. There is an NHS staff crisis.

The petition surpassed its goal on the same day that the possibility of further NHS cuts and job losses are revealed.

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Labour calls for £500m emergency ‘winter bailout fund’ for NHS

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Labour calls for £500m emergency 'winter bailout fund' for NHS

Labour will call for the government to commit a £500m “winter bailout fund” for the NHS over the coming months.

Jonathan Ashworth, the Shadow Health Secretary, says the money is needed to increase capacity in struggling hospitals and pay for extra staff as the NHS faces the worst winter on record.

He also said it was Labour’s “ambition” to return NHS funding increases to the same level as during the 1997-2010 Labour governments.

Mr Ashworth claims that Jeremy Hunt, the Health Secretary, and Theresa May have failed to provide an adequate plan to how the NHS is preparing, for what is expected to be, the worst winter on record for the health and social care service. 

Janet Davies, Chief Executive and General Secretary of the RCN, said:

“Any bailout money this winter should be used to bolster frontline staff and help ensure safe patient care. Having the right number of nurses is key to treating people effectively and safely.

“Yet too many hospitals are chronically short of nursing staff. As demand increases over the winter months,  it’s patients who will pay the price unless something is done.

“Properly funding the NHS is a political choice – it should not reach the stage where a last-minute bailout is required to keep people safe.”

The Shadow Health Secretary will use a speech to the Labour party conference today to call for the extra funding.

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£13 million funding to help hospital A&Es prepare for winter

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£13 million funding to help hospital A&Es prepare for winter

The Department of Health has announced 19 hospitals in England will benefit from extra funding for emergency care over winter.

Following a plea for funding from NHS Providers, the association that represents healthcare trusts, the Department of Health (DoH) has announced it will provide additional funding to nineteen NHS hospitals in England.

The 19 hospitals across England will be given a cash injection of over £13 million for emergency care, in the latest wave of winter funding announced today by Health Minister Philip Dunne.

Around £13 million has been awarded to improve patient flow through A&E, ensuring departments are prepared for busy times during winter. The additional funding brings the total given to hospitals since April to over £90 million, part of the dedicated funding announced in the Spring Budget.

Minister of State for Health Philip Dunne said:

“Thanks to the hard work and dedication of staff, the NHS has put in place strong plans ahead of winter – ensuring patients continue to receive safe and efficient care as demand rises over the coming months.

This funding will give more hospitals the boost they need to streamline patient flow in A&E, freeing up A&Es to care for the sickest patients and helping make sure all patients get the right treatment in the right place as quickly as possible”.

The funding will be used to help hospitals finalise preparations ahead of winter, particularly to handle the large volumes of patients attending A&E. By investing in the necessary equipment or infrastructure, hospitals will be able to target improvements to patient flow and relieve pressure on A&E.

The funding supports NHS England’s wider plans to improve A&E performance in England by 2018. In particular, it will help hospitals hit the target of admitting, transferring or discharging 95% of patients within 4 hours.

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