Gareth Johnson MP delighted at substantial rise in frontline staff at Darent Valley Hospital


Gareth Johnson said he is delighted that the number of frontline medical staff at Darent Valley Hospital has risen substantially since he became MP in 2010.

Since 2010 the number of nurses, midwives and health visitors has risen by 21% and the number of doctors has risen by 4 %.

These figures were revealed after Mr Johnson submitted a written question to the Department of Health about staffing levels at the hospital.

Overall they show staffing levels have increased from 1817 in 2010 to 2212 in September last year.

The number of doctors and dental staff rose from 264 to 276 but the biggest rise was seen in qualified nursing, midwifery and health visiting staff.

In 2010 there were 665 qualified nurses, midwifery and health visiting staff and as of last September there were 844.

Meanwhile the number of managers at the hospital remained static with 58 in 2010 and 56 in 2013.

Mr Johnson said: “It’s great to see the number of doctors, nurses and midwives going up.

“And it is pleasing to see an increase in the number of the medical staff at the same time as the management numbers have remained static.

“On the occasions I have visited the hospital it is always clear patient care is the main priority. Any figures showing the number of medical staff going up has to be a good thing.

“ I don’t claim that Darent Valley Hospital gets things right 100% of the time but it is a good and improving hospital that is an asset to the area”.

During the past year there have been some significant changes at the hospital with the expansion of the maternity unit, the opening of The Stone and Kidney Centre, the creation of a ‘one-stop-shop’ for breast cancer patients at the newly opened Empress Breast Unit and last week work began on the redevelopment of the hospital’s A & E department.