The report published by the Institute for Fiscal studies and the Health Foundation clearly serves to show the challenge the UK NHS faces. This report is published at the same time as the current sharp focus on the rising costs of caring for patients suffering from degenerative conditions such as Alzheimers which brings a more human element to the issues we face. The forecast of £2000/ year extra needed per household in order to balance the needs of the current generation whilst being fair to the next generation is a stark figure and will surely cause concern amongst those who
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Healthperm welcomes the proposal by the Royal College of Nursing to look closely at nurse-to-patient ratios and supports Janet Davies in this new initiative. Over the last few years all parts of the NHS across the UK have recognized the importance of staffing ratios as a lead indicator to support patient safety initiatives. The evidence from other countries use of such ratios supports the value they can bring. This approach should be one of a number of measures which contribute to the development of a stable and ‘patient matched’ workforce plan. Healthperm firmly believes the deployment of a permanent workforce
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The recent comment by the Royal College of Nursing regarding Healthcare surcharges being levied on nurses from overseas is both well measured and correct. Under current immigration policy, people who come to work in the UK from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) must pay a healthcare surcharge that has left some nurses facing bills of several thousand pounds. The current fee of £200 per family member per year is about to be doubled to £400 and that means a £1600 bill for a family of 4 per year. This fee is being charged against a backdrop of the most
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