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Shropshire Receives Medical Boost Before Winter Posted On 08 October 2021

By Christmas, more than 200 doctors and nurses are due to have arrived in Shropshire’s hospitals over the period from August to December

 

This includes the 130 junior doctors who got started in August, and the 84 nurses, who are due to join Shropshire’s two main hospitals. Rhia Boyode, who is director of people and organisational development at Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust, gave the recruitment update, also adding, ‘We are in the process of recruiting another 45 (nurses) which we aim to recruit by February 2022’.

 

Boyode also appears to be focusing on not only recruiting staff, but keeping them, after she revealed that after an exodus of staff in August, it was discovered that a third have decided to leave within a year of taking the job. Speaking about the actions which will be taken, she said, ‘Interviews have taken place with staff who have left in their first year to provide a deep dive understanding of reasons for leaving’, whilst also commenting that there is ‘Work underway to ensure we support flexible working patterns including monitoring of roster approval times to promote better work-life balance’.

 

This news comes as a survey from Shropshire Star revealed that many residents hold concerns over gaining contact with their GP. Following this, Patrick McCarthy is the resident who, as coordinator for Telford & Wrekin Green Party, has decided to form a petition to call for a review of existing services at Wellington Medical Practice, as well as create new GP practice for the town. So far, this petition has gathered more than 700 signatures.

 

The response from the NHS in the area has been conclusive. Mark Brandreth, executive lead of Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin integrated care system and John Pepper, of the county’s CCG, have written an open letter earlier this month, where the emphasis was very clearly on protecting and valuing existing GPs, rather than calling for better care for residents.

 

And the pair, in fact, came out fighting in the latter part of the letter. It read, ‘We get emails and letters telling us that GPs will not see patients face-to-face. That is not true. Indeed, the latest figures show our GPs are carrying out about six in every 10 appointments in person. The message is loud and clear: if you clinically need to be seen face-to-face then you will be’.

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