New figures show 2,300 nurses lost under David Cameron’s reign
Hospitals have lost more than 2,300 nurses since David Cameron came to power, a new study reveals.
The shocking figure adds to fears that patients’ lives are at risk and come days before the report into the Mid-Staffordshire neglect scandal comes out.
A key factor in the deaths at Stafford Hospital was a nursing shortage, say Whitehall sources.
In August 2012, there were 166,604 nurses in vital jobs such as A&E units at hospitals – 2,306 fewer than in May 2010. The figures, obtained under freedom of information rules, are a blow to the PM’s claims that he would not axe key NHS staff. Read more.
Vincent Moss | The Mirror | 3rd February 2013
Fresh threat to regional papers’ use of FOI
New government plans to change the way Freedom of Information requests are costed have been criticised by regional press industry leaders.
Currently councils and other public authorities cost each request individually, but under the proposed changes, they would be able to group together the cost of requests from indidviduals or groups – including journalists working for the same newspaper.
This means that more requests are likely to refused on the grounds of cost.
The Newspaper Society and the Campaign for Freedom of Information have protested against the plans, claiming the changes would hit regional newspapers and MPs hardest. Read more.
Charlotte Cross | Hold the Front Page | 1st February 2013