A SHORTAGE of specialist nurses is the reason that people in Tenbury and elsewhere in Worcestershire are struggling to get support with mental health problems.

The county has a shortage of at least 100 mental health nurses as the battle to hire and keep staff in the NHS continues.

NHS bosses in Worcestershire said many of the mental health service roles are currently being filled with temporary staff because of the shortage.

A report, which was discussed by Worcestershire County Council's health and overview scrutiny committee at a meeting said: "Mental health has a registered nursing shortage of around 10,000 nationally and across Herefordshire and Worcestershire the shortage is circa 100-plus nurses.

"International recruitment does not provide the same options for mental health nursing as it does for general nurses.

"New investments in mental health services, while positive, have resulted in many staff moving to roles in new services which increases the pressure on remaining core registered nursing roles."

At least £39 million is being spent every year by the NHS to fill vacancies.