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Safe Effective Staffing: the Real Picture

This report calls for the rest of the UK to follow the example of Wales and enshrine safe staffing levels in law following analysis which shows that there is approximately 40,000 unfilled nurse posts in England with a further 12,000 health care support worker vacancies - mental health and community care are experiencing the greatest shortages

The report finds that care providers are increasingly hiring fewer registered nursing staff and the RCN is warning that this move leaves the Government open to the accusation of offering ‘nursing on the cheap’.

Separate research in all four UK countries, shows four in five NHS nursing directors are worried that their hospital relies on the goodwill of staff to keep services running.

The College is warning there are not enough registered nurses and health care support workers in the system to provide the care that patients need that the NHS already has funding for.