General Article ‘There is no quick solution to the nurse staffing crisis’

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Government must be honest about nurse numbers and invest in the profession, says RCN, as new report shows significant shortfall of nursing staff in key areas.

A report published by the Health Foundation today shows a decade of decline in the number of specialist mental health, community and learning disability nurses. 

The report authors warn that nursing shortfalls, together with the backlog in routine care and growing need for health care, is likely to make recovering from the pandemic particularly challenging. They say the government will need to exceed its target of 50,000 new nurses in England by 2024/25 if it wants the NHS to fully recover from the pandemic. 

The report shows that while overall nursing numbers have gone up by 8% since 2010, the number of health visitors and nurses working in community nursing, mental health and learning disability services are all lower than they were in June 2010.

The number of mental health nurses dropped by 8% in the 10 years to June 2020, ...

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