RCN to discuss the impact of staffing shortages at party conferences

The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) will discuss ‘What spending uncertainty means for the health and care service’, at fringe panel events.

Newdesk
20 September 2019
Party Conference

The College will discuss the impact of the ongoing nursing shortage.

The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) will discuss ‘What spending uncertainty means for the health and care service’, at fringe panel events which it is hosting with the Institute of Government and Cancer Research UK, at the forthcoming Labour and Conservative political party conferences.

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Both events follow on from the College’s new campaign in England which it unveiled to the public earlier this week, encouraging them to speak out about the impact of England’s 40,000 nursing shortage.

The RCN is campaigning to end the nursing workforce crisis calling for a law which clearly sets out responsibilities across Government and right across the health and care system for accountability for the health and care workforce.

Legislation on safe staffing.

Earlier this year, nurses and support workers in Scotland secured new legislation on safe staffing after a nurse staffing law was introduced in Wales in 2016.

The RCN is also calling for at least £1 billion per year for nursing higher education to attract more people to study nursing and support current students with their courses.

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At the Labour Party Conference panel event in Brighton on Tuesday 24 September, Dame Donna Kinnair, RCN Chief Executive and General Secretary, will be joined by speakers Meg Hillier MP, Chair, Public Accounts Committee, MP for Wolverhampton South West, Eleanor Smith, and Emma Green, Director of Policy at Cancer Research.

At the Conservative Party Conference fringe event in Birmingham on Monday 30 September, Sir Bernard Jenkin MP, Chair, Select Committee on Public Constitutional Affairs, will join Dame Donna on the panel of speakers.

Clarity in law for workforce supply, recruitment, retention and pay.

Dame Donna Kinnair, Chief Executive and General Secretary of the RCN, commented; “The workforce crisis in England has come about because it is not clear in law who is responsible for ensuring we have enough health and care staff to care for the number of patients that there are.

“We need support from the Government and all Parliamentarians to support our call for the investment needed now to recruit more nursing staff into the profession, and to support us to change the law to protect patient care and nursing staff in the future.

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“We want clarity in law for workforce supply, recruitment, retention and pay for nursing staff and the wider health and care workforce at national and local organisations, and at each layer of the system. If everyone across the health and care system has clear duties and responsibilities, this will help ensure a workforce crisis does not happen again.”

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