The UK picture
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 RCN is currently preparing to ballot members in Northern Ireland on industrial action, including strike action, in relation to safe and effective care. This includes safe nurse staffing and pay equality.
Members working in Health and Social Care [HSC] services in Northern Ireland will take industrial action from 3 December.
RCN writes to party leaders demanding action on key threats to nursing and health.
RCN members in Northern Ireland have overwhelmingly voted to take industrial action, including strike action, over the nurse staffing crisis and pay.
Members of the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) in Northern Ireland have voted overwhelmingly to take industrial action, including strike action, over the nurse staffing crisis and pay.
Commenting on today’s publication by the Department of Finance of the Northern Ireland public sector pay policy for 2019-2020, along with an ensuing Department of Health press statement on its implication for the pay of nurses and other health workers, RCN Northern Ireland Director Pat Cullen said:
New figures show nursing vacancies are at critical levels.
The independent inspection body for England highlights the urgent need to address nursing vacancies in the face of growing demand on health care services.
Members working in HSC services are being asked to vote on industrial action up to and including strike action.
RCN report outlines why law is needed to fix the nursing workforce crisis in England.
NHS England and NHS Improvement have responded to RCN members’ calls for clarity on workforce roles and responsibilities in England and recommended the government take action.
Find out all you need to know about our campaigning work across the UK and what you can do to demand safe staffing levels.