Figures reveal 190 more nurses and 53 more doctors working at PAH compared with 2019
Health / Fri 2nd Jul 2021 at 07:45am
RECENT NHS workforce figures have shown that there are 190 more nurses and 53 more doctors working at the Princess Alexandra hospital compared with 2019. The huge increase in staff comes in line with the Government’s manifesto commitment of 50,000 more nurses and 6,000 more doctors becoming a reality.
Nurse numbers at the Harlow hospital rose by 31% over the past two years, which is well above the national average increase of 7.4%. These figures are measured on a full-time-equivalent basis, which takes into account whether staff work full-time or part-time.
The investment in staffing comes as part of the Government’s record funding boost for the NHS, which Harlow’s MP, Robert Halfon, voted to enshrine into law after the 2019 election.
It comes on top of the funding announced for Harlow’s new hospital – for which the detailed plans are being worked on day and night by PAH and the Department for Health.
Robert Halfon MP, strongly welcomed the new staffing figures by saying: “At the 2019 General election I pledged to strengthen our NHS with more doctors, more nurses and a new Harlow hospital. That work is continuing and I am pleased to see the record funding reaching the front line.
“I want to pay a special tribute to the remarkable hospital staff – everyone from the cleaners, volunteers, porters, ancillary staff, nurses, doctors and consultants to the management team – they have been true corona heroes, putting service before self and keeping our community safe.
“I will continue to work hard in Parliament to strengthen our NHS and deliver on my pledges.”
The Leader of the Harlow Conservatives, Cllr Andrew Johnson, also welcomed the news, saying: “In the local election campaign we promised residents that if they voted Conservative, we would strengthen our NHS. Today’s news shows just one way in which we are doing that.
“These figures come as part of Boris Johnson’s and Robert Halfon’s pledge to Harlow residents: a new Harlow hospital, more nurses, more doctors and record funding.
“Our NHS staff have been unbelievable throughout the pandemic and no words can express the debt of gratitude we all owe them. It is thanks to the remarkable vaccine roll out that there is now light at the end of the tunnel and normality is returning.”
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It would be interesting to compare the figures to 2010, when the conservatives came to power.
I love the comment from the local Tories that since they got elected in May to run the local council that has absolutely no control on nurses they have made this happen. Let be clear the increase in recruitment is down to a very small team working at PAH to bring this change to occur Lead by the Director of nursing we have seen a dramatic drop in nurse vacancies and we should celebrate that success not steal it. Like many NHS acute providers they now have an open pipe line to recruit international nurses. The majority of nurses joining PAH are international nurses on fixed work visas. In the long term PAH are attempting with some success to grow their own by different educational ways into nursing. It very pathetic for the Harlow Tory group to take credit for this when they have no control, influence or impact on this work being undertaken by PAH. They were elected on a promise of Harlow homes for Harlow people but not sure if the nursing shortage is only resolved for a short period as these nurses under Harlow Tories cant buy/rent in Harlow. Yet another Tory spin on the truth and shameful stealing of a success story from PAH.