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College protests over prison crowding

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The RCN called on the government to act to reduce prison overcrowding.

The college has joined forces with the Public and Commercial Services Union to protest that the prison population has reached an al-time high of 82,000.

The protest, on 28 February, was part of a Europe-wide event at which ten other unions highlighted that the European Union’s prison population has topped 600,000.

RCN general secretary Peter Carter said: ‘Prison nurses are under enormous pressure due to prison overcrowding. We urge the government to take action to combat this European wide problem of prison overcrowding.

‘Our members are telling us that time constraints and high stress are impacting on their ability to fully assess prisoners’ needs and provide quality care and treatment – it’s simply unacceptable that they’re put in this predicament,’ he added.

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