Ipswich Hospital starts "significant" nurse recruitment drive

Image caption Nick Hulme said Ipswich Hospital was in a "good place"

Ipswich Hospital is making a "significant investment" to recruit more nursing staff, its new chief executive Nick Hulme has said.

The hospital plans to spend up to £800,000 to hire 33 registered nurses and 67 healthcare assistants.

Mr Hulme, who started at the hospital this week, said the posts would ensure there was a "safe number" of nurses on wards and would benefit staff morale.

It currently employs 1,280 full-time equivalent members of nursing staff.

Mr Hulme said he was still finding his way around the "incredibly busy" hospital which was in a "good place".

"It can always improve," Mr Hulme said.

"We need to make sure we look after our staff and make sure the improvement in morale is maintained."

Ipswich MP Ben Gummer has called on Mr Hulme to make stroke care for the town "top of his list".

Provision of hyper acute stroke units is being reviewed by the NHS and Ipswich could lose its emergency stroke care.

Mr Hulme said he was yet to be "fully up to date" with the hospital's current situation.

"What I do know is that stroke care to the people of Ipswich is as high quality as we can make it," he said.

"That may mean that we need to be in some kind of partnership with other organisations to provide 24/7 care."

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