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You told us that staff shortages are compromising patient care

 Janet Davies 29 Sep 2017 Chief Executive and General Secretary

Earlier this year, we asked what staffing levels were like on your last shift and more than 30,000 of you took part in the survey.

Nursing staff
The results are, in short, shocking. They show nursing staff in every setting and sector across the UK in crisis.
Over half of you said staffing on shifts is falling short of planned levels and that these shortages are compromising the care you give to patients.
More than a third of you said you have to leave care undone due to a lack of time, while two-thirds of you worked an extra hour after your shift ended, unpaid, on average. 
This is the first time that the testimonies of so many nursing staff have been collected. I know this will serve as a stark warning to policy makers, regulators, academics and health care leaders. 
In the short term, there must be immediate and increased funding for health and care services to meet demand and allow for nurses’ pay to be increased to keep staff feeling valued and in post.
In the long-term, we need new legislation across the UK that guarantees safe and effective nurse staffing. This would give clear accountability and responsibility for workforce strategy, policy and planning and must lie at ministerial level.
I’ll be using my meetings at next week’s Conservative Party Conference to raise these grave concerns with Government ministers. 
Thank you to everyone who informed this important report.

I will make sure your voice is heard.

Janet Davies

Janet Davies

Former RCN Chief Executive & General Secretary

Janet began her nursing career in Manchester and gained experience in acute, mental health and community settings. She later moved into director of nursing roles, where she obtained experience in leadership, before being RCN Chief Executive & General Secretary from 2015 to August 2018.

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