The NHS is struggling to cope with the impact of Christmas and New Year’s Day, as many of its maternity wards are closed and a number of staff have been told they cannot return home.
Many staff at the Maternity and Pregnant Care NHS Trusts (MPCTs) have been asked to remain in the UK, while others have been ordered to stay in their home countries.
But as the UK prepares for another winter, many of the MPCTs are still struggling to manage staffing levels, particularly in maternity wards.
One MPCT is currently trying to manage just three maternity wards, while another is running out of staff to take care of its children and care for the elderly.
One woman told the BBC News website that her GP, who had been in charge of maternity wards for a decade, had resigned.
“I am trying to get back into work, but my GP is having to take a leave of absence,” she said.
It is really frustrating.” “
The GP is trying to do everything he can to get us back into the same space.
It is really frustrating.”
Many of the MPs at the MPCCs have been on holiday in other countries, including Ireland, Scotland and the US, but are still unable to return to the UK.
“There is a huge amount of staff shortages, and it is still not clear how we will cope,” a spokesperson for the MPCTS said.
The MPCC is the only NHS trust in England that operates under the Maternal and Child Health Partnership Agreement, which was negotiated by the government and the health chiefs.
Under the agreement, all NHS trusts in England are required to provide at least one maternity unit and an equivalent number of postnatal care facilities, and to provide free or reduced-price elective births and neonatal care for children born to women in their care.
The deal also allows for some funding for maternity units in England.
However, this funding is only available to hospitals that are licensed to provide maternity services in England, so a large proportion of hospitals in England have not yet applied for this funding.
It means that the majority of maternity services, such as antenatal care and newborns, are not being provided in many hospitals in the NHS, and many MPCC services are being run on a sliding scale.
Many MPCT staff are in the US and Australia, and their accommodation costs are high, with some MPCT maternity wards often running out overnight.
One of the biggest problems, says one MPCT employee, is the fact that there is no money to provide extra beds for staff.
“We have just got to rely on our local GP and have the money to take them in,” he said.
Many of those staff have also been told that they cannot take their children to the MPCs.
“They have told us that there are no children in the hospital.
They have told me that we can’t go to our children’s nursery,” he added.
The lack of beds for some staff has also been a problem for staff at a number MPCT hospitals in Scotland, which have been struggling to recruit staff to fill vacancies.
“Staff have been given no information about the arrangements,” one MPCC worker told the Independent.
“A number of maternity staff have left the NHS and are now finding themselves in an unknown country, without any idea of how they will be able to work,” he explained.
Another MPCC nurse added that many of those affected by the shortage had not had a proper consultation with their GP.
“Most have been informed that they can’t return home until they are registered with the NHS in their country of birth.
We are not allowed to do this,” she added.
One worker told ITV News that the situation was “disheartening” and said: “I just feel like I’m losing my job.
It’s very hard for the staff, it’s very difficult for the hospital.”
NHS England’s Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Dame Fiona Wilcox said that staff shortages were a “serious concern”, adding that she was “working tirelessly to help all of our hospitals and NHS trusts cope”.
“The Maternity Care Partnership Agreement means that we have the support and support to manage the challenges of maintaining safe maternity services for our patients and staff,” she told the broadcaster.
“As always, we are committed to making sure that our care is fit for the occasion.”
“But in the face of the significant number of people coming to our hospitals for care, our NHS is stretched and in need of extra resources to meet their needs.”
It is also not clear whether the NHS will be allowed to provide the extra resources that were promised.
“While we are able to support those who are in need, we have a number who cannot return,” Wilcox added.
“It is important to note that the NHS does not yet have a plan to meet the needs of those who need extra support