Huppert seeks answers to nursing shortage forcing ward closure

24 April, 2013 2 Comments

MP Julian Huppert is deeply concerned about the temporary closure of a Cambridge  hospital rehabilitation ward following the announcement today (Wednesday April 24).

Julian is talking to Matthew Winn, Chief Executive of the Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust today to discuss the nursing shortage that has affected the Lord Byron ward at Brookfields Hospital.

He said: “It is very worrying that the trust has been unable to recruit enough nursing staff to maintain the quality of care on this ward and felt it had no other option but to close it. And the fact that this is a national problem poses many questions.

“It is deeply unsettling for patients if they have to be moved to another hospital. But I commend the trust on expanding an existing initiative with the Cambridge Nursing Centre so that rehabilitation work can continue.

“I will be investigating this issue further both in my discussions with Mr Winn and in government.”

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  • Mary Burgess: April 24, 2013 5:56 pm

    That’s awful, it’s such a good unit. They really got my dad up and running after his stroke, and the whole team were lovely, particularly the physios and the health care assistants.

  • Dave Jackson: April 24, 2013 8:47 pm

    Perhaps if the party he had got into bed with and his own had given nurses’ pay a higher priority than they gave the banks more people would want to do the job.

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