UK Hospitals to Replace Nurses with Cheaper Assistants

1 November 2009 (Last Updated November 1st, 2009 18:30)

A number of National Health Service hospitals in the UK are planning to replace trained nurses with cheaper, unregistered staff. Leeds Teaching Hospital and East Kent Hospitals University Foundation are among the trusts making or planning the changes, according to Nursing Times.

A number of National Health Service hospitals in the UK are planning to replace trained nurses with cheaper, unregistered staff.

Leeds Teaching Hospital and East Kent Hospitals University Foundation are among the trusts making or planning the changes, according to Nursing Times.

Electronic monitoring of patients is also enabling hospitals to replace registered nurses with healthcare assistants, sources said.