Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Nurses express doubts over use of extra cashOn 18 May 2004 in Personnel Today The billions of pounds being pumped into the NHS to improve patient care andrecruit more nurses is having little effect on frontline services, according toa poll of 1,000 nurses. The survey by The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) showed that less than a thirdof nurses believe the extra £5.9bn in government funding given to the NHS inthe past year has made any difference to their working lives. Only 30 per cent believe the number of permanent nursing staff hasincreased, while 47 per cent said spending on agency staff has risen, and 52per cent thought the money was being used to employ more managers. The Government has stressed the importance of involving frontline clinicalstaff in decisions about where to target spending. But the survey showed thatthe overwhelming majority of nurses (80 per cent) had little or no involvementin deciding where new investment was spent. General secretary of the RCN, Dr Beverly Malone, said that nurses shouldplay an invaluable role in ensuring the money was used to make a genuinedifference to patients. “Enabling our leadership to be fully utilised will mean thatimprovements will be seen right across the health service,” Malone said. Andrew McNeilis, commercial director at HR consultancy Hudson, defendedagency nursing. He said that flexible labour was essential to fill gaps whenstaff were off sick or needed to go on training courses. Related posts:No related photos.