Dame Donna Kinnair, chief executive of the Royal College of Nursing, addressed 3000 delegates at the annual conference in May held in Liverpool saying that they will not stop until people are held to account for the desperate shortages of nurses that, according to NHS data, currently stands at 40,000. It’s estimated this could increase to 70,000 within five years.
She went on to say that politicians must consider the financial and human costs of not recruiting and training more nurses. The RCN called on the Government to “return the £1billion” it took from nursing education.
In response a Department of Health and Social Care spokeswoman said: “The NHS runs on the dedication and commitment of our wonderful nurses, who work tirelessly to provide the highest quality of care for their patients.
“There are over 16,900 more nurses on our wards since 2010, with 52,000 more in training – and as part of our Long-Term Plan we are improving staff retention by promoting flexibility and career development and helping more nurses return to practice.”
Assurance Employment & Nursing Agency continues to keep pace with the demand from the NHS filling gaps in rosters, matching the nursing skills required to the position on the ward. We continue to build a database of dedicated nurses who wish to work flexibly through regular recruitment drives.
To ensure that skills are kept up to date, we continually running training courses. We also support the nurses registered with us through the revalidation process.