I WAS horrified to read this week that nurses are leaving the NHS in droves, with more than 200,000 having quit since 2010.
The number who have left because they don’t like their work/life balance has more than doubled since 2011.
Getty – Contributor More than 200,000 nurses have quit the NHS since 2010 with voluntary resignations up 55 per cent
Voluntary resignations from the NHS are up 55 per cent. There are currently almost 40,000 empty nurse jobs in England.
And a new report by think tanks the Nuffield Trust, the Health Foundation and The King’s Fund predicts this could rise to 48,000 within five years.
In the meantime, it is unsurprising to hear that nine out of ten NHS nurses say staff shortages are affecting the quality of care they can give their patients.
One major problem is that we take our nurses for granted. Many A&E nurses in particular are subject to unacceptable levels of rudeness, abuse and even violence.
Hospitals are increasingly being run by non-medical staff who are mostly driven by targets and not quality of care. And more nurses are having to sit filling out paperwork rather than actually nursing.
We also don’t pay nurses enough. You can probably work in Tesco stacking shelves for the same money as some nurses are paid — and live a much less stressful life.
All too often, it’s not until we find ourselves dependent on nurses doing a good job that we truly appreciate them and what they do for us.
When my grandmother was very ill in hospital, pretty much the only good thing about her hospital experience was the nurses.
They were kind, chatty, cared for her, spoke to her and treated her with dignity in a very grim situation.
We need to start appreciating nurses before it’s too late. Then we need to put our money where our mouths are.
Sure, nursing is a vocational job. But money still matters, especially if you are living in a big city.It costs £9,000 a year to train as a nurse. Nurses who have served ten years with the NHS should be given that money back in what I would call a “legacy payment”.
If that payment is given in their pension, it would cost the Government very little, but I am sure nurses would love it.
Since 2010, the Government has axed the bursaries for people who are studying nursing or midwifery at university.
The budget for helping staff to develop their skills in the workplace has also been cut to a third of its value of five years ago.
We need to give more support to people who want to train and bring back the bursaries.
You can probably work in Tesco stacking shelves for the same money as some nurses are paid — and live a much less stressful lifeKarren BradySun on Sunday Columnist
The current pay structure means that some fantastic nurses are underpaid — and that some terrible nurses are overpaid.
We need to smash the pay structure and let hospitals pay what they want to their nurses and not be confined by pay brackets, so that really good nurses are rewarded and bad nurses are not.
That would make a big difference, because we all know how demoralising it is to work really hard and yet be paid the same as someone who doesn’t.
Nursing involves long and unsociable hours. All too often it involves having dinner at breakfast time. Nurses need to be offered more financial reward for working night shifts.
How will this money be raised? For a start, the NHS needs to make efficiencies, such as central buying and not give out vanity boob jobs and other medically unnecessary procedures.
It needs to start charging people if they miss a GP appointment without good cause, and there should be means testing for patients over the age of 60 before they get free prescriptions.SMASH THE PAY STRUCTURE
The country is run by unsung heroes — police, doctors, teachers and nurses. They are the foundation of this country and we can’t live without them.
The repercussions of continuing to treat nurses with the lack of respect that we currently show them will be many, varied and severe.
Let’s not find that out the hard way.
Getty – Contributor All too often, it’s not until we find ourselves dependent on nurses doing a good job that we truly appreciate them and what they do for us
Getty – Contributor Nursing is a vocational job. But money still matters, especially if you are living in a big city
Former nurse swapped bandages for clippers after launching spa for dogs and it’s on target to make to make £85,000 this year
RESEARCH showing that attractive women bosses are considered less truthful and trustworthy by both sexes is so depressing.
As well as thinking that a pretty female boss is less likely to be honest, apparently both men and women also think they are more deserving of being fired than a less attractive counterpart.
The implication is that any woman who shatters the glass ceiling is perceived to have used underhand methods to get there.
And how far away from all of our hope that we are judged on our work, not our looks.
Turning table on violence
I’M a big believer that it’s not what happens to you in life that matters so much as how you respond to it.
But sometimes things happen that would make most of us want to crawl into a hole and hide.
HotSpot Media Zoe Parsons managed to turn her experience of domestic violence into something truly positive and help others
I have maximum respect for Londoner Zoe Parsons, 44, who has managed to turn her experience of domestic violence into something truly positive.
When she told her husband, Edson Peart, that she didn’t want to have sex with him, his response was to rape her violently on a regular basis.
He told her: “I own you.”
After she plucked up the courage to leave him – a hugely brave act in itself – Peart broke into her house and attacked her, leaving Zoe needing stitches.
HotSpot Media After Zoe plucked up the courage to leave her husband her broke into her house and attacked her, leaving Zoe needing stitches
Justice has now been served and Peart has been sentenced to eight and a half years in prison.
Zoe has trained as a life coach, helping other survivors of domestic violence – which affects one in four women and leads to two women being killed each week.
Astonishingly, marital rape was only recognised as a criminal offence in 1991.
This story is a necessary reminder that some men still misguidedly think they “own” women – and that marriage makes a woman their own personal property.
Jessica Bowes relives horror attack by ex-soldier boyfriend who broke every bone in her face
Hail our fat catsTHIS week, MPs demanded that bosses who receive big pay packets should face a “hostile environment” of regulation and staff scrutiny.
This was in response to news that chief executives of the country’s biggest companies have seen their earnings rise FOUR TIMES as fast as average earnings in the past ten years.
For a start, private companies can pay their bosses whatever they like, as the pay comes out of the shareholders’ profits.
And what MPs fail to realise is that these bosses give 50 per cent of whatever they earn back to the country in tax.
So actually we should all be thanking God for them and the contribution they make to society, rather than making them feel bad about the money they take home.
MPs might not like it but, frankly, as they seem incapable of doing their jobs at the moment, they are in no position to moan about people who get paid a large salary for doing a job well.
What happened to the aspiration in this country?
Grenfell conman is scum
MOSES ETTIENNE was jailed this week for claiming nearly £50,000 from the taxpayer (you and me), in accommodation and living expenses, after saying he was living in Grenfell Tower when the fire broke out, despite giving the authorities who approved his payout a non-existent flat address.
Moses Ettienne claimed to be a Grenfell Tower victim to claim nearly £50,000 from the taxpayer
How on earth is this possible, surely an address is something simple to check?
Quite rightly he was jailed for five years after taking money that was set aside to help those who really needed it. Scum of the earth.
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Cuddle & a cuppaHAPPY Mother’s Day, everyone – including those who have lost mums and those who hope to become mothers themselves one day.
There is always a lot of pressure for Mother’s Day to be FABULOUS.
But spare a thought for those for whom it’s not.
I’ll be spending a quiet day with my kids and my mum.
I don’t want any fancy chocolates, gifts, cards or presents.
Just a cup of tea in bed and a cuddle from my two kids… who can’t get their heads around the fact I have a mummy as well.
VERY pleased to see that trend predictor Marian Salzman, 60, says the “age proud” movement is on the rise in 2019.
Getty Images – Getty Trend predictor Marian Salzman, 60, says the ‘age proud’ movement is on the rise in 2019
“Gone are the days when women lied about these things,” she says. “If you don’t say your age you look dated.”
I couldn’t agree more. In fact, I make a point of never lying about my age. I am 50 next month – and proud.
And if people ever say that I don’t look my age, I say: “But this is what 50 looks like!”
WHY, when anything good happens in this country, do some people just want to whine?Killing Eve by Phoebe Waller-Bridge is up for a host of Baftas.
� Faye Thomas / eyevine. Killing Eve by Phoebe Waller-Bridge is up for a host of Baftas
BBC Press Release Killing Eve is a British production and well worth celebrating
Yet critics carp that it should be eligible only for Best International Programme, as the series first aired in the US.
It’s a British production and well worth celebrating.
Opening scene for Fleabag Series 2 with BAFTA winner Phoebe Waller-Bridge