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Care home sector facing nurse recruitment crisis

3-Jul-2015 | By

Nurse recruitment in care homes has reached crisis point, with warnings that managers are struggling to compete with the NHS for staff amid a national workforce shortage.

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RCN issues warning against cuts ahead of Tory budget

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The Royal College of Nursing has warned that proposed cuts to public health funding and short-term decision making risked “storing up” serious problems across the NHS, ahead of next week’s budget.

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Nurses have said they need clearer guidance about how to complete the new process of checks for renewing their registration in order to reduce confusion and avoid potentially falling off the register.

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