Look back at the nursing workforce report
The chief nursing officer for England should take a lead in setting out how nurses are able to work in “safe and acceptable” working conditions, a group of MPs has said in response to concerns about staff wellbeing.
Cuts to continuing professional development (CPD) budgets for nurses should be reversed as part of efforts to retain an often “overstretched” and “struggling” workforce, a group of MPs has concluded in a major report.
Language testing of nurses from outside the UK must be “closely monitored” by NHS England to ensure checks are set at an appropriate level while not hindering recruitment, according to a major report on nursing shortfalls by an influential group of MPs.
Nursing unions, nurse educators and other representative bodies have largely welcomed a range of recommendations made by MPs on tackling the key workforce issues affecting the profession.
The NHS in England is unable to fill round 3,000 empty nurse posts despite the use of bank and agency staff, according to a report by a group of MPs, which has also raised concerns about the lack of robust national data on the shortage.
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Professor Ann Marie Rafferty has her say on the importance of the health select committee report into nursing, and why it’s crucial in the fight to save the profession.
Google “Dr Hadiza Bawa-Garba” and you’ll find a raft of supportive opinions from the British Medical Journal, medic bloggers and fellow doctors who believe she’s a scapegoat.
There are not enough nurses, the ones we have got are being demoralised because the NHS is not providing them with enough training, and many are working in dreadful conditions that means they cannot possibly provide care to the standard that is required and that they want to.