Response to RCN report on staffing levels

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12 / 11 / 2013 Midnight

NHS Employers comments on the Royal College of Nursing’s report ‘Running the Red Light’.
Dean Royles, chief executive of the NHS Employers organisation, said:

“Employers in the NHS know it’s crucial to have the right mix of staff in place to give safe, high quality patient care. 

“The figures announced today about a shortfall of nurses need to be seen in the context of  the 347,000 qualified nurses working in the NHS every day. Every month the NHS recruits around 10,000 staff through natural turnover. Quality needs to be judged on the care given to patients, not just about numbers in any one staff group, as multi-professional care – which is made up of nurses, occupational therapists, dieticians and others working together – is better for patients. We need to work together with health unions to develop solutions for new models and standards of care rather than spats over the statistics. 

“In light of the Government’s response to the Francis report next week, trusts are setting out how they are managing staffing levels, learning lessons and developing services to ensure that the quality of patient care remains at the forefront of what they do.”

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