2023-01-24 14:12:08

A&Es haemorrhaging nurses as strikes to hit services hard, health chiefs warn

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The Independent
By Rebecca Thomas

A&E departments are haemorrhaging nurses with staff resigning every day, a top doctor has warned, as the head of the NHS admitted upcoming strikes would be difficult for services.

Dr Adrian Boyle, president of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine, said that December had been the worst winter the NHS had seen and the situation would not be helped by nurses leaving in droves.

Chris Hopson, chief strategy officer for NHS England, told the committee that combined strike action between nurses and ambulance workers on February 6 the biggest walkout in NHS history constituted a newand more difficult phase in the dispute.

Speaking to a Commons Health Committee on Tuesday Dr Boyle said he was worried staff burnout will lead to burn away.

Im also worried a lot of nurses, particularly the experienced nurses, theyre almost like the NCOs of the health service they know how to get things done, are leaving in droves. Every time I go into work Im seeing nurses [say] can you sign this leaving card?

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