We note with alarm the recent studies of the National Health Service ‘occupations vacant’ problems that the British public observe while under the care of the NHS.
For example, nurses, midwives and doctors are stressed and burnt-out, with the work overload affecting their health.
It is the same for other members of NHS departments, sometimes doing the work of two staff at least.
We would suggest that NHS recruitment starts in schools of all types, let alone universities.
And when scholars show an interest in an NHS career, steer them towards a class orientated to get them involved early in their chosen occupation.
Now the National Health Service would not operate without Commonwealth and foreign staff.
The funding pumped into the NHS recently will only paper over the cracks.
With austerity coming to a close there must be more attention and close scrutiny paid to filling the vacancies, and there should be enough staff in departments to care for patients in the manner expected.
It’s time we saw happy faces on our NHS staff and not strained, weary health members.
That’s what the public would like to see.
Mrs CV Hovsepian
Newbiggin by the Sea