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We're calling for safe and effective care to be enshrined in law in each UK country.
Calling for safe staffing across the UK
The Nurse Staffing Levels (Wales) Act 2016 was the first of its kind in the UK.
RCN Wales continues to campaign to protect patient care and empower the ward sister/charge nurse by advocating for the extension of the Nurse Staffing Levels (Wales) Act 2016 to children inpatient wards, mental health inpatient wards, community and care home settings.
In June 2019 the Health and Care (Staffing) (Scotland) Act became law, the first legislation in the UK to set out requirements for safe staffing across both health and social care services.
Implementation has been delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic but the RCN is calling for the Act to be fully implemented by the end of 2021.
Following industrial action during 2019/2020 to achieve pay equality and safe staffing, the priority for RCN Northern Ireland is to hold the Department of Health and Northern Ireland Executive to account for the delivery of the Health Minister’s safe staffing framework, particularly in relation to the implementation of safe staffing legislation.
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20 May 2021
The RCN responds to the Care Quality Commission’s recent inspection of medical services at Walsall Manor Hospital, which found serious staffing shortages and resulted in the rating of the services being downgraded from ‘Requires Improvement’ to ‘Inadequate’.
1 Dec 2020
The global pandemic has brought into sharp focus many of the issues facing Scotland’s nursing workforce. Issues that the Royal College of Nursing has been highlighting for years.
10 Nov 2020
RCN and other unions warn exhausted workers could quit their jobs after second wave of COVID-19.
7 Nov 2020
The government must make decisions about NHS service provision based on available numbers of nursing staff and what they can safely maintain.
23 Sep 2020
New report highlights the need for action to address stress and burnout in the profession.
17 Sep 2020
The RCN is calling for urgent action to address the shortage of nursing staff across the health and care system. This includes giving nursing staff a meaningful pay rise.
28 Aug 2020
The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) today launches its ‘Fair Pay for Nursing’ campaign to demand a 12.5% pay rise for nursing staff across the UK.
9 Jul 2020
RCN Wales responds to the publication of a new report by the NMC on its annual registration data between April 2019 to March 2020
9 Jun 2020
Commenting in response to today’s publication of a strategic framework for rebuilding HSC services, Pat Cullen, Director of the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) in Northern Ireland said:
15 May 2020
The guidelines aim to ensure the NHS can continue to operate a safety-first approach as lockdown restrictions ease.