NHS: Nurses - Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 3:22 pm on 10 May 2023.

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Photo of Baroness Wheeler Baroness Wheeler Shadow Spokesperson (Health and Social Care), Opposition Deputy Chief Whip (Lords) 3:22, 10 May 2023

The Minister knows the concern across the House about chronic staff shortages across rehabilitation and community services. I shall specifically ask him about the deeply worrying shortage of stroke nurses in hospitals and the community. The Sentinel Stroke National Audit Programme showed that in 2021 only 46% of stroke units met the minimum recommended level of senior nurses and that only 23% met the minimum nurse staffing levels on duty at the weekend. Stroke nurses are vital in the care and recovery of stroke patients in hyperacute and acute hospital units as well in multidisciplinary teams. How are the Government ensuring that ICBs follow the newly updated national stoke guidelines on safe staffing levels and addressing the very serious shortage of staff across the country?