Commenting on Plaid Cymru's Freedom of Information request that illustrates a crisis of nursing vacancies in the NHS in Wales, Tina Donnelly, Director of the Royal College of Nursing in Wales, said:
“We are aware that there have been concerns with recruiting staff to work in the NHS. In times of austerity, there is a real danger that health care providers will look to reduce staffing as a means of achieving short-term savings – but without consideration of the long-term costs or risk to patient care."
"There is a duty to ensure nurse staffing levels are safe and appropriate. Patients have a right to be cared for by appropriately qualified and experienced staff in safe environments."
"We don’t want to continue down this road of new changes implemented frequently because of the lack of workforce planning. The Royal College of Nursing in Wales would like to see a comprehensive vision for the NHS for 10 years which focuses on workforce planning with specific investment in recruitment and training.”