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Staffing Crisis in Cornish Hospitals

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Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 11:04am 27th September 2012. (Updated at 8:11am 28th September 2012)

Pirate FM's learnt there is a staffing crisis at Cornwall's community hospitals.

It has meant ten beds have shut at Launceston.

There are reports Falmouth and Poltair in Penzance has also closed some.

Bosses say a recruitment drive has failed to fill nursing gaps left by things like maternity leave and retirement.

Sue Matthews from the Royal College of Nursing:

“There is a problem with recruitment of nurses, particularly experienced nurses in Cornwall, because it’s an expensive place to live. That’s one of the key issues we have to look at for all of the organisations in Cornwall that deliver NHS care.

“If there aren’t enough nurses to deliver the care that nurse want to deliver then morale does suffer. That’s a symptom of the government policy in stripping out huge amounts of money from the NHS.”

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