NURS­ING UNION CALLS FOR IM­PROVE­MENTS

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Damning Health Report -

The Royal Col­lege of Nurs­ing said it was very dis­ap­pointed with the CQC’s find­ings and de­manded ur­gent im­prove­ments.

The union, which rep­re­sents nurses and helps to shape health poli­cies, is par­tic­u­larly con­cerned about in­ad­e­quate staffing, a lack of ap­pro­pri­ate­ly­trained staff and the di­vide between staff and man­age­ment high­lighted by the re­port.

The RCN called for suf­fi­cient and trained staff, par­tic­u­larly in emer­gency de­part­ments, to be brought in “to en­sure pa­tient care and safety” and for pro­ce­dures to be put in place to erad­i­cate a blame cul­ture.

In a state­ment, the RCN said: “The trust must ad­dress th­ese is­sues as a pri­or­ity as they have a di­rect im­pact on the wel­fare of staff and pa­tients. It is very im­por­tant to re­as­sure pa­tients that they will be safe.” The RCN of­fi­cer for Kent, Hamza Aumeer, added: “We are very dis­ap­pointed to see that the trust has been rated as in­ad­e­quate by the CQC and both pa­tients and staff will be con­cerned by the find­ings.

“The RCN hopes the trust can make the sig­nif­i­cant progress needed to turn this around and we will do all we can to help to im­prove its rat­ing.”

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