157 new staff hired for Basildon hospital

Southend Standard: Clare Panniker Clare Panniker

MORE than 150 nursing staff have been offered jobs as part of the recruitment drive to ease pressure on staff at Basildon Hospital.

The hospital is spending £1.8million recruiting extra nurses and healthcare assistants to cover an increase in the number of beds and cut its reliance on agency staff.

The hospital plans to hire a total of on 200 extra staff by November, with new recruits coming from Essex, universities and from Spain and the Philippines.

Chief executive Clare Panniker said 157 people had been offered posts so far.

All the hospital’s vacant healthcare assistant posts had now been filled.

She added: “We are holding about 20 interviews a week and at the end of the month, we will begin overseas recruitment in Madrid.”

Mrs Panniker said although the hospital was now close to its 200 target, it would still look to Europe to recruit more workers because of a high turnover of staffing at the hospital.

However, she pointed out this was not a problem unique to Basildon.

She added: “About 18 nurses a month leave. There is a high turnover of nursing staff, because we are near London and opportunities do come up.

“If we end up over-recruited and we’re able to reduce the number of bank and agency staff, that’s better from my perspective, because we will turn over staff.

“It’s better to have slightly too many staff than too few.”

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7:28pm Sun 18 Aug 13

Howard Chase says...

what is he ratio of nursing staff - as in people on the wards - to management?

Has it gone down?

Less middle management desk drivers more nurses
what is he ratio of nursing staff - as in people on the wards - to management? Has it gone down? Less middle management desk drivers more nurses Howard Chase
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7:53pm Sun 18 Aug 13

Biker One says...

Howard Chase wrote:
what is he ratio of nursing staff - as in people on the wards - to management? Has it gone down? Less middle management desk drivers more nurses
You're correct there, too many managers chasing targets that can't be met because they are cutting permanent staff numbers in favour of temps. My daughter is a health care assistant as Bas and she is constantly being told she is not required to attend, she is lucky if she can get 2 shifts a week, and now we hear Mrs Panniker saying she will look to Europe for staff!!!
Well I have news for you Mrs Panniker, you already have the staff, just sort out your management issues and utilise what you already have.
[quote][p][bold]Howard Chase[/bold] wrote: what is he ratio of nursing staff - as in people on the wards - to management? Has it gone down? Less middle management desk drivers more nurses[/p][/quote]You're correct there, too many managers chasing targets that can't be met because they are cutting permanent staff numbers in favour of temps. My daughter is a health care assistant as Bas and she is constantly being told she is not required to attend, she is lucky if she can get 2 shifts a week, and now we hear Mrs Panniker saying she will look to Europe for staff!!! Well I have news for you Mrs Panniker, you already have the staff, just sort out your management issues and utilise what you already have. Biker One
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10:22pm Sun 18 Aug 13

asbo in a coma says...

as it's basildon hospital undertakers might be more in demand than nurses
as it's basildon hospital undertakers might be more in demand than nurses asbo in a coma
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10:50pm Sun 18 Aug 13

ImSpaffington says...

British jobs for british workers
British jobs for british workers ImSpaffington
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12:32am Mon 19 Aug 13

emcee says...

Biker One wrote:
Howard Chase wrote:
what is he ratio of nursing staff - as in people on the wards - to management? Has it gone down? Less middle management desk drivers more nurses
You're correct there, too many managers chasing targets that can't be met because they are cutting permanent staff numbers in favour of temps. My daughter is a health care assistant as Bas and she is constantly being told she is not required to attend, she is lucky if she can get 2 shifts a week, and now we hear Mrs Panniker saying she will look to Europe for staff!!!
Well I have news for you Mrs Panniker, you already have the staff, just sort out your management issues and utilise what you already have.
This is true of most hospitals. There are a lot of staff on zero hour contracts. If hospitals managed their human resources correctly then that will be halfway to sorting out a lot of the problems they have.
[quote][p][bold]Biker One[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Howard Chase[/bold] wrote: what is he ratio of nursing staff - as in people on the wards - to management? Has it gone down? Less middle management desk drivers more nurses[/p][/quote]You're correct there, too many managers chasing targets that can't be met because they are cutting permanent staff numbers in favour of temps. My daughter is a health care assistant as Bas and she is constantly being told she is not required to attend, she is lucky if she can get 2 shifts a week, and now we hear Mrs Panniker saying she will look to Europe for staff!!! Well I have news for you Mrs Panniker, you already have the staff, just sort out your management issues and utilise what you already have.[/p][/quote]This is true of most hospitals. There are a lot of staff on zero hour contracts. If hospitals managed their human resources correctly then that will be halfway to sorting out a lot of the problems they have. emcee
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8:26am Mon 19 Aug 13

twiglight says...

There are plenty of british nurses want jobs, they can understand english and are more caring. That's england for you just get workers from abroad.
There are plenty of british nurses want jobs, they can understand english and are more caring. That's england for you just get workers from abroad. twiglight
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8:46am Mon 19 Aug 13

Lordmountfield says...

ImSpaffington wrote:
British jobs for british workers
Yakov and umgalla say hello....
[quote][p][bold]ImSpaffington[/bold] wrote: British jobs for british workers[/p][/quote]Yakov and umgalla say hello.... Lordmountfield
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2:12pm Mon 19 Aug 13

Kim Gandy says...

More imported labour. Yeah that'll help the local jobless loads. When will these people put British workers first.

That's how it works everywhere else.
More imported labour. Yeah that'll help the local jobless loads. When will these people put British workers first. That's how it works everywhere else. Kim Gandy
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2:32pm Mon 19 Aug 13

Vange Resident says...

Having worked at this dump of a trust and had to deal with the management they know that if they bring staff into the uk they can “hold them to ransom” as they will do as they are told or loose there council subsidies home and of course there jobs. The Hospital management found local “British” people didn’t want to work as the salary was lower than the benefit hence bringing in outside work.
Having worked at this dump of a trust and had to deal with the management they know that if they bring staff into the uk they can “hold them to ransom” as they will do as they are told or loose there council subsidies home and of course there jobs. The Hospital management found local “British” people didn’t want to work as the salary was lower than the benefit hence bringing in outside work. Vange Resident
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8:45pm Mon 19 Aug 13

Sirmeadowfield says...

yas we lik thas haspital
yas we lik thas haspital Sirmeadowfield
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7:48pm Tue 20 Aug 13

Sirmeadowfield says...

Kim Gandy wrote:
More imported labour. Yeah that'll help the local jobless loads. When will these people put British workers first.

That's how it works everywhere else.
Randy Gandy
[quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: More imported labour. Yeah that'll help the local jobless loads. When will these people put British workers first. That's how it works everywhere else.[/p][/quote]Randy Gandy Sirmeadowfield
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