Older adults in NHS hospitals are being put at risk because the staff responsible for their care have received less than an hour's training, the chief executive of the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) has warned.
Speaking to the Daily Telegraph, Dr Peter Carter said many people are experiencing a poor level of care because of an over-reliance on healthcare assistants, who are hired to keep costs down.
There are around 300,000 of these workers currently employed in NHS hospitals all over the country. They are not required to have any qualifications or training and are unregulated. Increasing numbers are being employed because their average salary is around £14,000, whereas a junior nurse can expect to earn £21,000.
"What you will find nowadays on most older people's wards is that most of the staff are not nurses, the majority are healthcare assistants - and most of them won't have had as much as an hour's training," Mr Carter claimed.
Find the nearest Barchester nursing home.