Pensioner care crisis: Home visits could be 'a thing of the past' as nursing figures drop
Reported in The Express (26 November 2017): NURSING visits to patients in their own homes will become a thing of the past, experts predict after the release of figures that show their numbers have almost halved in the seven years.
Dr Peter Carter, past president of the Royal College of Nursing, said unless urgent action is taken the dramatically falling numbers of district nurses, signal the death knell for the service.
He added that their vital services are not only essential but “cost effective” for keeping patients out of hospital and cutting a growing number of 'bed blockers' (italics added).
Since 2010 the numbers of district nurses have dropped from 12,000 to just over 6,000, Government figures show.
Not enough new district nurses have gone into training to make up the shortfall so nurses who have retired or left the profession are not being replaced.