1. ITV Report

Shortage of nurses putting unsustainable pressure on hospitals says union

  • Watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Elodie Harper

A union says a major shortage of nurses is putting unsustainable pressure on those working in our hospitals and communities.

Members of the Royal College of Nursing have gathered in Bury St Edmunds to highlight the 40,000 vacancies across England, including 4,000 in our region.

They're demanding an extra one billion pounds in funding to try to address the problem.

They want the public to put pressure on the government.

The RCN wants the public to put pressure on the government for more funding. Credit: ITV News Anglia

"At the moment we're 30% down on applications going into nursing and yet the nursing need is going up all the time. Nurses are dropping at their feet. They're leaving the ward late, they are starting early. They're proving good quality care but patients needs to have more nurses to have full, safe and effective care out there."

– Nikki Ward, Royal College of Nursing

“The safety of patients is paramount and all hospitals are already required by law to have the right staff in the right place at the right time. There are 16,800 more nurses on our wards than in 2010 with 52,000 more in training and to help retain our dedicated staff we are providing more flexibility and career development alongside multi-year pay rises for Junior Doctors and over a million other NHS workers, including nurses.”

– Department of Health and Social Care spokesperson