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£3.2bn agency spend could have paid salaries of 31,000 nurses

New RCN analysis reveals cost of short-term approach to filling staffing gaps.

RCN responds to 50,000 extra nurses claim: ‘political target not based in reality’

The NHS waiting list is growing four times faster than the nurse workforce.

Safe nurse staffing law in Wales: improvements made to patient care, but stricter guidance is needed

We’ve launched our latest report on the impact of the Nurse Staffing Levels (Wales) Act 2016 on health care delivery.

RCN demands new negotiations following NHS consultant pay offer

We remain in dispute with the UK government regarding NHS nursing pay in England with more than 100,000 members voting for further strike action in our last ballot.  

RCN celebrates Nursing Support Workers' Day

We're highlighting the vital contribution nursing support workers make to patient care today.

Autumn statement: NHS needs urgent cash injection but was ‘entirely forgotten’

RCN says Chancellor Jeremy Hunt squandered the opportunity to change course ahead of the next election and support the NHS through an immensely tough winter.

RCN fights for members’ freedom to strike

We’ve responded to a UK government consultation on how to maintain minimum service levels in hospitals during strike action, saying ministers misled nursing staff on how they would be applied.

Long COVID: RCN demands action from UK government

We’ve written to the Department for Work and Pensions to insist long COVID is classed as an occupational disease for health care workers, which could mean they get more financial support. 

NHS waiting list growing 4 times faster than nurse workforce

RCN analysis exposes failure of UK government’s promise to recruit 50,000 nurses to tackle the crisis facing the NHS.

Israel and Gaza conflict: RCN calls for an immediate humanitarian ceasefire

We’re standing with other global health organisations to condemn every attack on health care workers, their patients and all civilians.

RCN's message to new health secretary: invest in NHS before it’s too late

We’ve written to Victoria Atkins outlining the unprecedented NHS crisis that she’s inherited and encouraging her to meet with us to find solutions.

RCN Nursing Awards: winners announced

Julie Roye, an inspirational nurse commended for transforming care in GP surgeries, has been named RCN Nurse of the Year 2023.

Manx Care make further pay offer after pressure from nurses

The Isle of Man’s largest nursing trade union is to survey its members once again over a revised pay offer from employer Manx Care.

King’s speech: government fails to address nursing workforce crisis in last chance before election

RCN responds to government’s legislative plans for next parliamentary session, warning patient care will suffer without law to ensure safe nurse staffing in England.

NHS pay update: staff denied lump sum in England could now get it in new funding deal

Following RCN campaigning, the UK government has announced it’ll provide funding for non-NHS organisations to give one-off payments to staff on dynamically linked Agenda for Change contracts, but clarity on eligibility and timing of payments is urgently needed.

RCN instrumental in new warning system for spotting deterioration in children and young people

The patient safety tool was developed by NHS England, in partnership with the RCN, after calls for a standardised system to detect signs of clinical deterioration such as sepsis. 

RCN Awards: who will you nominate?

Every year the RCN recognises members who’ve made a difference to other members’ lives and the wider nursing profession. Now’s the time to tell us who should receive an RCN Award.

What issues are you facing at work? Complete our survey to help us campaign for change

Low pay, understaffing, bullying, long COVID – whatever your workplace issue, we want to know about it. The more we know, the harder we can fight for you.

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