Yvette has joined local campaigners in calling for urgent action to tackle on-going staff shortages at Mid-Yorkshire hospitals Trust.
The health Trust runs Pinderfields Hospital in Wakefield and Pontefract General Infirmary and has been criticised in the past for not having the correct number of nursing staff on wards and for poor staff morale. An inspection by the Care Quality Commission in 2015 had serious concerns about the number of nurses on duty at several wards at Pinderfields.
And now another inspection by patients and local patient group HealthWatch Wakefield has again raised concerns following an incidence of poor care on Gate 43, the specialist dementia care unit.
Speaking with Mr and Mrs Fanshawe, whose mother received poor care at Gate 43 last year, Yvette Cooper MP said:
“I am getting really worried about staff shortages at Pontefract and Pinderfields. NHS staff at our hospitals work extremely hard and do a great job but there simply aren’t enough of them. This is going to become serious if the Government doesn't sort it out.
“Mr and Mrs Fanshawe and their family had a really bad experience because of nursing shortages last year and I welcome the offer from Mid Yorkshire Trust to work with Health Watch and the Fanshawes to sort it out.
“But they are struggling to recruit. Tory Government cuts to nurse training places have been disastrous and lots of staff have told me that morale is really low. Mid Yorkshire Trust has a lot of work to do, but we need urgent government action because this is happening all across the country, and they risk pushing our NHS into crisis.”
Richard Sloan MBE, Chair of HealthWatch Wakefield, said:
“Healthwatch Wakefield was pleased to help Mr Flanshawe make a visit to Gate 43 after the traumatic experience he and his wife had had. We shared our findings with the Trust, Yvette Cooper’s office and Mr and Mrs Fanshawe.
“We can see that from this visit that some improvements have been made on the ward but that staffing levels continue to be an issue. We are aware, though, that the Trust is doing all it can to resolve the problem and that the situation has improved. We feel that the move towards using healthcare assistants and other support roles is a positive one, but that the numbers could still be strengthened. We note that staff recruited from overseas seem to be of variable quality, particularly in relation to language ability.”
Notes to Editors:
CQC report into Mid-Yorkshire NHS Trust December 2015 - http://www.cqc.org.uk/provider/RXF/inspection-summary#overall