As reported by local BBC journalist Mark Williamson, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) this week published its analysis of the quality of services at Addenbrooke’s and the Rosie Hospital. The key headline is that, despite the best endeavours of management and front-line staff, staff shortages both in clinical settings and in the social care sector are having a detrimental impact on patients’ safety and experience:
“The service did not always have enough nursing and support staff with the right qualifications, skills, training and experience to keep patients safe from avoidable harm and to provide the right care and treatment … People could not always access the service and receive the right care promptly when they needed it due to pressures on capacity.”
You can read the whole CQC report here.
Given that context, here are some data points which I think are worth reflecting on. What story do you think they tell about what’s happening in our city?
- Addenbrooke’s is currently experiencing 20% annual turnover in its Healthcare Assistant workforce.
- Healthcare Assistants are either in Band 2 or 3 of the NHS salary structure. The maximum take home net pay is £1352/month in Band 2 and £1426 in Band 3.
- In the year to last September, the cost of a room in a shared house in Cambridge was £547/month and a two-bed property cost £1283/month.
- A local landlord recently received 80 applications within 24 hours of advertising a room in an HMO (House in Multiple Occupation).
- The period 2018 to 2021 has seen a 4.1% p.a. increase in the number of jobs created in Greater Cambridge (an estimated 12.5k new jobs, though note that not all of these will be located here). Over the same period there has been a 1.4% p.a. increase in new dwellings built.
- The proposed re-development of the Beehive site is set to create another 5k jobs. There is no housing as part of the redevelopment
I’m sure I’m not the only person who is looking at these trends and wondering whether the continuation of an ’employment-led growth strategy’ is really what we need right now …