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Royal College of Nursing supports Hull and East Yorkshire ward closures over safety concerns

27 Oct 2017

The Royal College of Nursing Yorkshire and the Humber Regional Director has spoken out in support of the decision by Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust Board to close 20 beds because of a lack of registered nurses available to staff them.

“The trust has absolutely done the right thing by closing beds,” said RCN Regional Director Glenn Turp. “It is encouraging to see a trust board supporting a director of nursing’s recommendation to close beds in order to provide safe patient care and a safe and supportive working environment for staff.”

“I commend the trust board for acting appropriately. We would expect other trust boards across the country to follow its example and ensure their organisations are looking closely at whether they are providing safe environments for patients and staff.”

“It is totally unacceptable that we have reached a point where trusts are having to close services because the Government’s poor workforce planning has left us with 40,000 nursing vacancies across the UK.”

“Nursing has become such a challenging job that more nurses are retiring early and fewer people are applying to become student nurses. A stressful work environment, years of stagnating pay and changes to nurse education which mean nurses start their careers £50,000 in debt have all made the profession less attractive. It is crucial that we recruit and retain enough nurses to ensure our National Health Service can provide safe patient care.”

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