Sarah Randall-Johnson says we should “grow our own”

Chair of DCC’s Health and Adult Care Scrutiny Committee, Sarah Randall-Johnson, appears to think that one solution to the current care crisis is to encourage schools to promote careers in the health service:

“I am challenging schools, the council and other organisations in Devon to help promote working in the health service as a career, to help address the chronic shortage of staff in the NHS, and let’s grow our own.”

http://www.devonlive.com/potential-closure-of-devon-maternity-units-is-criticised/story-30400944-detail/story.html

Has she stopped to think of the reasons why young people are NOT joining the NHS?

Here are a few:

Chronic underfunding
Changing bursaries for student nurses into loans
Pay freeze on an already low base salary
EU staff leaving in droves and new EU staff refusing to come to the UK leaving local nurses to cope with unsafe conditions
Making hospital staff pay eyewatering charges to park while on shift
Never knowing if your hospital is going to be the next to close

The old Noel Coward song “Don’t put your daughter on the stage Mrs Worthington” might be adapted here.

The original lyrics:

Don’t put your daughter on the stage, Mrs. Worthington
Don’t put your daughter on the stage
The profession is overcrowded
The struggle’s pretty tough
And admitting the fact she’s burning to act
That isn’t quite enough
She’s a nice girl and though her teeth are fairly good
She’s not the type I ever would be eager to engage
I repeat, Mrs. Worthington, sweet Mrs. Worthington
Don’t put your daughter on the stage

might now be retitled

“Don’t put your daughter into nursing, Mrs Worthington”
as follows:

Don’t put your daughter into nursing, Mrs. Worthington
Don’t put your daughter into nursing
The profession is underpaid
The struggle’s pretty tough
And admitting the fact she’s burning to help
That isn’t quite enough
She’s a nice girl and though her health is fairly good
It’s not the type of job she ever would be eager to do
I repeat, Mrs. Worthington, sweet Mrs. Worthington
Don’t put your daughter into nursing