Nurses’ goodwill is being ‘abused’ and people need to be ‘held to account’

The Royal College of Nursing has said that the Government has consistently failed to reduce the number of vacancies and has called for an end to the desperate shortage of nurses in England by returning the £1 billion it took from nursing education.

Chief Executive and General Secretary Dame Donna Kinnair, in her first speech to the Royal College of Nursing’s annual conference, said that the goodwill of nurses is being ‘abused’ as the Government fails to get a grip on reducing England’s 40,000 vacant NHS nurse jobs.

Kinnair will call on Ministers to consider the financial and human cost of leaving jobs vacant and urge them to take urgent action to address safe staffing levels and accountability.

Full story on Nursing Notes, 20 May 2019.