Responding to the announcement that the armed forces are being deployed to support the NHS in London, RCN Director for England, Patricia Marquis said:
"The Government can no longer deny the staffing crisis in the NHS.
"The Prime Minister and others can no longer be dismissive of questions about the ability of NHS staff to deliver safe care.
“Once the military has been brought in, where does the Government turn next in a bid to 'ride out' the wave rather than deal with it?
"Nursing staff might welcome any extra help at work right now, but we need to know that the Government isn't compromising patient and professional standards in any way."