The NHS is in crisis, right?
ITV News can reveal how many hospital trusts are being forced to recruit from abroad as they struggle to staff their wards.
We have staff shortages and these are compounded by infrastructure issues:
Patients have been forced to wash using sick bowls, wait hours for a drink and use commodes in public view after they were moved onto an empty ward.
About 20 patients were moved onto an empty ward because of a severe bed shortage at Hull Royal Infirmary over the weekend.
Mrs Addicott, of Anlaby, said: “I was the first to arrive and there was nothing here. They were still wheeling patients in until 1.30am this morning but there’s no equipment and nothing here for us.
“There are people here who need help feeding themselves and there are two nurses who are being asked to care for all of us. They are doing their best but they just can’t see to all of us.”
So that being the case, how the bloody hell can we spare NHS staff to go rebuild Africa’s health systems?
At least 164 NHS staff have already answered a call for volunteers issued by the Government’s chief medical officer Professor Dame Sally Davies on Friday.
The Department of Health said the number is “going up all the time”.
All the volunteers will undergo special training before heading to Sierra Leone, initially for six weeks.
I just….don’t….get it. Does anyone else?