Commenting on the Prime Minister’s announcement on Covid-19 winter plans today (Tuesday 14 September), RCN Council chair Carol Popplestone said:
"Nursing staff hearing the PM tonight will be torn between thinking it’s common sense and wondering how they’ll manage it all with near-record nurse vacancies.
"More Covid-19 vaccinations to deliver as well as the flu programme expose the shortages in the nursing workforce. The Prime Minister and Health Secretary should come clean about these and the impact they’re having.
“Nursing staff feel as though they are being taken for granted and their goodwill abused.”