Speaking ahead of the evidence session, she said:
“Throughout the pandemic, the country has witnessed the most impressive demonstration of nursing. Whether in hospitals, care homes or in the community, the nursing workforce has stepped up.
“However we know that our members continue to feel undervalued, under pressure and unhappy with low staffing levels. As a result, there has been a sharp rise in the proportion of nursing staff considering quitting the profession.
“The public have shown enormous support throughout the crisis but we now need to see action from government. That is why the RCN is campaigning for a significant and early pay rise. Governments across the UK must also ensure mental health support is available to all staff and workforce shortages are address in a sustainable way.
“The pandemic it not over, but unless nursing is attractive, well-paid and meaningfully supported, we risk many of our members leaving the profession – at a time when the nation needs them more than ever.”