Dr Foster report highly credible, says RCN
- Published on Monday, 03 December 2012 16:42
- Posted by Scott Buckler
The latest Dr Foster Annual Health Guide reveals an increasingly fragmented health service, with many hospitals under huge pressure because of poorly resourced community services, the RCN has said
Dr Peter Carter, RCN Chief Executive & General Secretary, described the new guide as highly credible, and said it should be taken seriously by everyone in health care. "It is of great concern that so many hospitals are operating close to capacity. What this reveals is a health care system under great strain. Nursing staff face increasing pressure with the nation's health care needs becoming more numerous and complex, and making fewer staff and resources available is having a large impact on patient care.
"What this report highlights is the vital role that community care can play in easing the demand on hospitals through preventative health care, but this cannot happen without the proper resources. When the number of district nurses has been cut by a third in over ten years it is no surprise that so many hospitals are feeling the pressure.
"What we are seeing is a health service which is becoming increasingly fragmented, where acute care staff are being cut without the right systems in place to treat patients elsewhere. A new approach is needed to ensure patients who don't need hospital care are treated properly in the community."