NHS nurses fear quality of care is suffering

  • October 2nd, 2017
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A recent survey, published in a new RCN report, revealed 30,000 nurses are too busy to relieve patient’s pain or give them their medication on time, due to mounting pressures within the NHS. According to the survey, around 53% of nurses fear the quality of care is suffering. Staff shortages often mean nurses are left […]

Thousands of new posts for the mental health sector

  • August 2nd, 2017
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Health secretary, Jeremy Hunt, has announced plans to expand mental health provisions by injecting an extra £1.3 billion – resulting in thousands of new posts created within the NHS. The aim is to recruit enough nurses, therapists and consultants to treat an extra one million patients by 2020-21. Whilst this is positive news, Mr Hunt […]

Nurses vote in support of strike over low pay

  • June 7th, 2017
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The RCN has warned that unless the one percent pay cap is lifted, nurses will hold a ballot on industrial action later this year. The government’s cap on public sector pay has meant nurses have suffered a 14 percent pay cut since 2010. The RCN believes, low levels of pay are responsible for the thousands […]

Report warns England could face a shortfall of nurses by 2020

  • May 17th, 2017
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A new Health Foundation report has recently found that England could face a shortfall of 42,000 nurses 2020, equivalent to 12% of the nursing workforce. The report reveals almost half of all nurses are concerned that there is not a sufficient amount of nurses to allow them to do their job properly. It was also […]

Nurses consider whether to strike over pay

  • May 4th, 2017
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The Royal College of Nursing has asked 270,000 members across the UK whether they want to take action and strike over a combination of pay freezes and caps on pay rises. It is believed that these have effectively led to a 14% pay cut, primarily due to the increase in the cost of living. Previously […]

Royal College of Nursing forces U-turn on agency ban

  • April 10th, 2017
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NHS improvement service have paused a ban on NHS nurses taking additional agency shifts following outcry from RCN members. The rule which was meant to come into place on the 1st April was dropped just a day before. Janet Davies Chief executive and General Secretary said: ‘This was an ill-conceived plan by NHS Improvement and […]

Royal College of Nursing members angry over agency ban

  • March 27th, 2017
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RCN members have reacted angrily to a ban on employing agency nurses whose main employment is in their own Trust or another NHS Trust. Nurses have begun receiving letters from their current employers stating that Trusts will only be able to engage staff working additional hours through their own staff banks. Prior to this, NHS […]

NHS nurses face ‘perfect storm’

  • October 27th, 2016
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Nursing leaders have warned of a ‘perfect storm’ for nursing staff in the NHS, following the unknown impact of Brexit, budget cuts and an ageing population. The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) said patient care is being put at risk following a rising demand and a major staffing crisis. Its report says half of British […]