Royal College of Nursing responds to Public Accounts Committee's 'NHS nursing workforce report'
Responding to the Public Accounts Committee's 'NHS Nursing Workforce' report, Dame Donna Kinnair, Chief Executive and General Secretary of the Royal College of Nursing said:
“The findings of this report reflects what our members have been highlighting for years – a lack of planning and funding for the workforce is causing major issues, exacerbated by the pandemic.
“We share the committee’s view that there must be a proper long-term plan for the nursing workforce in England and support the recommendation for national plans to include issues of pay, to increase recruitment and retention. A recent RCN survey found that a 35% of respondents are thinking of leaving the profession this year, with more than half citing pay as a factor.
“Student nurses should not have to pay fees and their maintenance grant must genuinely reflect the expense of studying. Government must now be aiming for ‘oversupply’ after years of under-investment if they hope to meet demand.
“Failure to take concrete action on the recommendations of this report will drive more away from a career in nursing and leave greater numbers of patients without the care they deserve. England deserves, like Scotland and Wales, a law which sets out responsibilities and accountability for workforce planning and supply throughout the health and care system.”