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NHS 'sleepwalking' into crisis

The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) has warned that the NHS is "sleepwalking into a crisis", saying that huge staff reductions come as there is a soaring demand for care.

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RCN: NHS cuts in numbers

The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) said:

  • More than 30,000 NHS jobs are at risk of being cut
  • Since the coalition came to power in May 2010, the NHS workforce in England has decreased by 28,500 posts
  • A further 32,700 jobs are at risk
  • Between May 2010 and July this year, the number of qualified nurses working for the health service reduced by more than 6,000

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