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25
Jul

Increase in support staff aims to tackle failures of care


Monitor’s recently released Board report on the performance of the NHS Foundation Trust sector in 2013/14 shows that, among moves to tackle the failures of care highlighted by the Francis report and Keogh review, NHS FTs hired an additional 24,123 members of staff last year  - the majority being healthcare assistants and others supporting frontline services, as well as nurses.

The report confirms that this was three times what was planned, and a 4.1% increase on the previous year, in a bid to upgrade the quality of services to patients.

Overall, the report reveals, the 147 NHS FTs (which make-up two-thirds of all NHS Trusts) met national performance standards for the majority of operational targets tracked by Monitor over the course of 2013/14, and finished the year in financial surplus. However, the surplus was one-third the size of the previous year, and in a sign of the increased pressures upon services, more Trusts failed to meet waiting times targets in the final quarter (1st January 2014 to 31st March 2014).

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