Action needed now as nurse numbers fall

11 Sep 2018

The Government must investigate rising numbers of nursing vacancies in England, the RCN says.

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The comments were made in response to a new report by NHS Improvement which shows that NHS staff vacancies in England are increasing and are forecast to rise further.

The nursing vacancy rates are up 17% since the previous quarter, and 9% from the same point last year.

Tom Sandford, Director of the RCN in England, said: “This report paints a bleak picture of rising demand and unsustainable workforce shortages, and betrays a huge over-reliance on bank and agency staff in England. The Government must immediately investigate this sudden spike in vacancies.”

The RCN says the report highlights the need for a comprehensive workforce plan that responds to population need and ensures the right number of nurses are in place to provide safe and effective patient care in England.

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