In British hospitals, the nurses are missing. While the biggest British nurses' union, Royal College of Nursing (RCN), speaks of a "bad nursing vest", politicians point out that the upcoming Brexit will make the situation "much, much worse".
According to recent RCN figures, in Great Britain, last year around 40,000 vacancies in the care sector remained unoccupied in the UK because there were no qualified applicants. This is twice as many unoccupied posts as three years ago. "In some hospitals, there is an alarm level red now!", Emphasizes an RCN spokesman.
For years, the National Health Service (NHS) had not trained enough local nurses and instead focused on the recruitment of qualified foreign workers. Eastern European countries, such as Poland, were responsible for the fact that many positions could be filled despite the lack of skilled labor. Since the Brexit vote in June 2016, this situation has changed significantly (the "medical newspaper" reported).
This ensures clinicians and patients alike. The RCN, together with other professional associations, therefore calls for "clear statements and guarantees" from health policy makers to assure EU nurses that they will have "a future in our country" even after the departure of Great Britain in March 2019. Doctors' associations support this.
What is the Reason Thousands of nurses cut from the NHS:
According to RCN, the number of nurses working in the United Kingdom and officially registered fell by 1788 to 690,773 nurses between March 2016 and March 2017. In recent times the exodus has "dramatically multiplied". In April and May 2017 alone, almost 3 400 qualified nurses left the NHS. In addition to the main factor Brexit, long working hours, poor pay and "disillusionment due to the poor quality of care in the NHS" also played a role.
The poor conditions are also causing the patient to be increasingly dissatisfied. According to current polls, 43 percent of the British are "dissatisfied" or even "very dissatisfied" with their health care. This alarms the medical profession because the dissatisfaction has never been so great.
The figures recently presented by the largest medical professional association (British Medical Association, BMA) show that dissatisfaction with the NHS has steadily increased in recent years. In 2016 37 percent of the British were "dissatisfied" or "very dissatisfied". The BMA surveyed around 1031 people for the study nationwide.
82 per cent of the British is worried about the future of public health care. According to BMA, this shows how deeply the NHS is in the crisis. "In 2016, more than half a million hospital patients had to wait four hours or even longer in corridors on roller beds until a bed was found for them," said BMA spokesman Dr. Mark Porter. "No wonder people have their nose!"
The BMA took the survey results as an occasion to ask the government for a reversal in health policy in times of Brexit. Otherwise the total collapse of the NHS, according to the BMA.
The extent to which dissatisfaction and future care has also been established within the British medical profession has recently become apparent during the British doctor's day, which recently ended in Bournemouth.
The biggest annoyances in physicians and other health professions as well as in patients are under-financing, longer waiting times and privatization, and thus the abolition of the NHS funding model, whereby the state pays most of the health care from general taxation.