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Safe staffing legislation which covers NHS hospitals has already been introduced in Wales.
The RCN is continuing to campaign to ensure that this law improves the situation for nursing teams and their patients. The RCN is also working with the Welsh Government to extend the legislation to other areas of nursing.
The number of nursing and midwifery posts vacant across Scotland’s NHS remains a major concern, according to the Royal College of Nursing.
Our campaign for safe and effective care took centre stage during a parliamentary debate on the nursing workforce shortage in England.
We’re urging members to contact their MP ahead of the debate on nursing shortages in England.
The RCN is urging MPs across the West Midlands to support ‘urgent and meaningful measures’ to tackle a critical shortage of nurses.
New polling suggests widespread concern that there are too few nursing staff to provide safe and effective care for the people of Scotland.
We want a meaningful pay rise for all nursing staff and a long-term funding settlement for public health and social care services based on population needs.
Our survey of emergency nursing staff in England reveals the difficulties of providing care to patients in cramped and unsuitable locations.
Nursing staff have voted to accept an offer made in response to their historic strike action.
Extra funding for health and social care services is welcome but a continued long-term focus is needed to tackle current staffing shortages and meet ever-increasing demand, says RCN Scotland.
RCN responds to UCAS nursing application data with calls for investment in nurse higher education.