MP Julian Huppert met trainee nurses at Cambridge’s Anglia Ruskin University yesterday (Thursday, March 19) as figures just released show that 260 extra registered nurses and midwives are on wards in the city since 2010.
Julian met Professor Ruth Taylor, Dean of the Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education and visited the new nursing research unit to find out more about the work that is taking place there.
His visit coincides with the figures released from the Department of Health which show that the city has also recruited 181 more doctors since 2009/10.
The figures also show that over the same period diagnostic tests, including those for cancer have increased from just over 272,000 in 2009 to more than 312,000 last year and MRSA has been eradicated at the city’s hospitals so far this year.
MRI scans have increased by 1,686 from 22,050 to 23,736 and CT Scans are up from 33,286 to 46,002 – an increase of 12,716.
Julian said: “It was fantastic to visit the new nursing research unit and meet the nurses in training, some of whom may eventually go on to work on wards in the city. I am also encouraged that we have been able to recruit more trained medical professionals in the last five years.
“The figures give a picture of the good work that is taking place in our hospitals and how more patients are being seen for crucial procedures. But we have struggled nationally to recruit nurses and services are being stretched by the demands of an ageing population.
“In Cambridgeshire, our health service has been massively underfunded for years receiving £35 million less than the government’s own calculations show it should receive. We have just agreed an extra £20 million for Cambridgeshire which should go some way to addressing this but we need to do so much more.
“Those working in the NHS tell us they need £8 billion extra every year to provide proper care and that is why the Liberal Democrats have promised this money. Without year on year investment in health services we cannot offer the type of care at the point of need that the NHS was set up to provide.”
Professor Ruth Taylor said: “At Anglia Ruskin University we offer a wide range of courses within the Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education, including adult, mental health and child nursing, and midwifery.
“We also offer Social Policy and Early Childhood Professional Studies – covering a spectrum of disciplines in our teaching and in our research.
“We’ve seen interest in our courses grow in recent years and the Young Street building, including new state-of-the-art clinical skills facilities, provides a fantastic learning environment for our students.”