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London life for NHS workers

RCN London contribute to research project analysing the postcodes of NHS staff working in the capital

3 Mar 2016

The Royal College of Nursing in London together with sister trade unions and NHS organisations have analysed the postcodes of more than 100,000 NHS staff (between 2010 and 2015) and the results show that more staff are moving out of London to live and work.

During this time, transport costs rose by 25% and average house prices rose by 37%, 11 times the average NHS London salary.

Our research highlighted 10,000 nursing vacancies in London which could rise by 25% by 2020. Suitable housing and transport solutions could go some way to attract and retain healthcare workers in the capital thus addressing the issue of staffing levels.

The RCN, as part of the London NHS Partnership, are calling on London Mayoral candidates to help the future of NHS workers with a commitment to:

  • Work with London’s NHS employers and Transport for London, to review the scope to reduce transport costs for key NHS staff  
  • Provide key worker housing and prioritise new housing developments for NHS workers  

Sue Tarr, RCN London Operational Manager said:

“Nursing staff in London are being forced to leave the capital they love to find accommodation and travel they can afford. This has a direct impact on patient care with nursing shortages, with most Trusts having difficulty in filling vacant nursing posts. This cannot be ignored any longer, and RCN London is working alongside NHS employers in London to explore solutions. We are eagerly awaiting the proposals from London candidates to explain how they are going to assist in addressing this issue.”

Read the full report “London Life for NHS Workers”.

For more information about the work of RCN London please visit

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