Responding to the Health and Social Care Committee report ‘Clearing the backlog caused by the pandemic’, RCN General Secretary and Chief Executive, Pat Cullen, said:
“This report delivers a damning verdict on the government's commitment to safe patient care and those trying to give it.
"The cross-party group not only highlight current shortages but warn that many more are at risk of leaving too as they lose faith in the government's willingness to 'grip' the situation.
"Tens of thousands of nursing roles were unfilled in the NHS and social care even before the pandemic. To keep today's nursing staff and inspire a new generation, the government needs to match the rhetoric with solid investment. Ministers must take legal accountability for addressing this situation."
Notes to editors
The report 'Clearing the backlog caused by the pandemic' can be read here