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Government needs to ‘take stock of failings’ over recruitment 

Following a report released today by the Royal College of Nursing on nursing shortages in the NHS, Dr Nick Scriven, president of the Society for Acute Medicine, said:

“This report provides stark reading but it certainly comes as no surprise to those of us on the ground.

“There is an ongoing recruitment and retention crisis in the NHS, largely as a result of increasing pressure on overworked staff to meet targets and an unwillingness to engage on the NHS pay cap, so the government needs take stock of the impact of its failings.

“Nurses leaving high workload and high stress areas such as emergency and acute medicine for perceived less stressful areas such as community work is now commonplace and the ever-increasing reliance on agency cover is not sustainable.”

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