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Loss of Nursing Posts

Part of Private Members’ Business – in the Northern Ireland Assembly at 5:30 pm on 20th April 2009.

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Photo of Kieran McCarthy Kieran McCarthy Alliance 5:30 pm, 20th April 2009

Recently, the vastly increased cost to the Health Service of hefty compensation claims due to medical negligence has been revealed. How does that occur? If that is the case at present, what could it be in the future when the number of nursing staff is reduced by around 720? That places even more responsibility on fewer staff. Is that not a recipe for even more mistakes and more compensation claims to be made?

What about the extra cost to the Health Service of having to rely more on agency staff? The director of the RCN said recently on that issue that you cannot get much more front line than a nurse and that the college is greatly concerned about the impact that the reduction in nursing posts will have on patient care.