More nurses at hospital

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A SOUTH Yorkshire hospital is going against the current climate of cuts by spending up to £525,000 employing more nurses.

Barnsley Hospital is investing the cash - the equivalent of almost 15 full-time posts - to help improve patient care and patient safety on their medical wards by having the correct staffing levels.

In a separate move, 10 extra midwives will also be employed by the end of the year, followed by a further eight by 2013, to help them deliver nationally recommended midwife-to-patient staffing ratios.

The news comes following a review highlighting the “considerable pressure” staff faced over winter because of unprecedented numbers of patients needing treatment. It meant the preferred ratio of 60 per cent qualified nurses to 40 per cent non-qualified was not always being met.