3 out of 4 say NHS has a nurses cri­sis

The Scottish Mail on Sunday - - News -

THREE-QUAR­TERS of adults be­lieve there are not enough NHS nurses to keep pa­tients safe, ac­cord­ing to a sur­vey for the Royal Col­lege of Nurs­ing.

The NHS is short of 43,000 nurses, the RCN in­sists.

‘This could have been avoided,’ Janet Davies, chief ex­ec­u­tive of the RCN, will tell its an­nual congress in Belfast to­day.

‘We have so many va­can­cies be­cause of cost-cut­ting and in­ef­fec­tive work­force plan­ning driven by fi­nance not the needs of pa­tients.’

The RCN wants safe staffing laws for nurs­ing across the UK. The YouGov sur­vey polled 1,600 adults.

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