RCN: There needs to be a national oversight to staff numbers

While NHS trusts locally make the decisions about staffing levels, the RCN said there is a lack of national oversight about the reduction in staff numbers.

A nurse tends to an elderly man as the RCN warns of staffing cuts
A nurse tends to an elderly man as the RCN warns of staffing cuts Credit: Reuters

The organisation is calling on ministers to prevent NHS trusts from "continuing with this damaging agenda of cuts" that "impact on patient care".

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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.