Congress cancelled due to staffing concerns, announces RCN

It was scheduled to take place in Liverpool between 7 and 11 June 2020.

Matt Bodell
19 March 2020
RCN Congress Liverpool

The College has canceled the event to prevent nurses being diverted from the frontline.

The Royal College of Nursing has announced the cancelation of it’s annual Congress amid concerns that staff would be diverted from the frontlines during the Coronavirus outbreak.

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NHS Trusts have reported ongoing issues with staffing levels since the latest advice on self-isolation.

Government guidance also suggests that mass events are canceled to prevent further spread of the virus.

In a statement, the RCN confirmed; “The Royal College of Nursing is not going ahead with its Congress scheduled to take place 7 to 11 June 2020 in Liverpool.

“Our members are on the frontline caring for patients in the current Coronavirus pandemic. It would simply not be right to divert our nursing workforce at this time.

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“As an organisation we are also required to support our members at this time.

“More information on for exhibitors and how to claim refunds will be posted on the RCN website.

Adding; “We will be working with our suppliers to minimise the financial impact to both them and the RCN”.

This post will be updated as more information becomes available. 

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