Nursing and medical staffing levels increase at Scunthorpe General Hospital
Quality remains a key focus for Northern Lincolnshire and Goole Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust alongside ensuring it operates as efficiently as possible.
The trust, in line with NHS organisations across the country, is looking to save money through efficiencies; however it is continuing to invest in nursing and medical staff.
Trust director of organisational development and workforce Dr Neil Pease said: "The organisation routinely looks at ways to maintain the quality of services we provide while operating efficiently.
"Since 2009 we have been looking at a host of ways of making further efficiencies, which have included redundancies both voluntary and compulsory mainly in managerial and support functions.
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"At the same time we have been investing in additional nursing and medical staffing across all three of our hospitals."
Nursing and medical staff figures between December 2009 and December 2012 have increased overall from 4990 to 5089 whole time equivalents.
The figures show that in December 2009, nursing staff formed just under 40 per cent of total whole time equivalent staff, and this figure rose to over 41 per cent in December 2012.
Medical staff amounted to 9.5 per cent of the total in December 2009, and this increased to 11 per cent in December 2012.
Trust director of operations Angie Smithson said: "We are continuing to invest in our clinical teams across our three hospitals and indeed over the last year we have successfully recruited highly skilled physicians into a number of posts including two new paediatricians, a specialist in ear, nose and throat and an orthopaedic consultant with a special interest in shoulder and elbow surgery.
"We will continue to invest in our medical teams to ensure we provide responsive, high quality services."
Trust chief nurse Dr Karen Dunderdale said: "We routinely review the nursing establishments on all of our wards to ensure we have the correct number of staff.
"The figures between 2009 and 2012 clearly demonstrate that we have increased whole time equivalent nursing staff from 1992 to 2090– that's the equivalent of nearly 100 people."