James Buchan

The UK needs foreign nurses to keep coming, but the pandemic is stopping them

The flow of overseas nurses has all but dried up since the coronavirus outbreak

A decent pay rise for nurses may take more than public support this time

With competing demands on public funds, a tough strategy for pay talks is needed

The COVID-19 crisis has shown us why embracing tech is so important for the NHS

The health service has committed to develop take up, but more funding is needed

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Picture shows a woman looking at an electronic tablet displaying a page about careers in healthcare.

Even the suggestion of a pay freeze for nurses will hurt recruitment chances

The profession’s image is at an all-time high, but promises don’t last long in politics

Picture shows graduating Philippine nurses

What the global survey of the nursing workforce tells us – and what’s missing

Flawed figures for the UK are a distraction in the State of the World’s Nursing report

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nurses wearing PPE at a patient's bedside in ICU

Could dilution of ICU skill mix become the new normal once this pandemic is over?

Nursing should beware the long-term implications of decisions taken to contain COVID-19

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COVID-19: without international nurses, where would the NHS or the prime minister be?

This post-Brexit pandemic has highlighted how heavily we rely on overseas-trained nurses

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Picture shows people outside a London hospital joining the Clap for Carers. Applauded for now as among the nation’s heroes, nurses must prepare for a new fight over pay in the aftermath of COVID-19.

Beyond the pandemic, nurses face a tough fight for fair pay

Applauded as the nation’s COVID-19 heroes, yet nurses will still have to compete for funding

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Upgrading hospitals is pointless if you don’t upgrade nurses’ pay and housing

The government must act fast to help staff who are struggling to make ends meet

Picture shows a female medic sitting at a desk and writing. The health secretary’s humorous defence of his pledge on nurse numbers takes the focus off the real point, says James Buchan.

With an ageing workforce, nurse numbers is no laughing matter

The health secretary’s defence of his ‘more nurses’ pledge takes the focus off the real point

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People can see there are nurse shortages – and they expect the government to act

Politicians need to listen to what the public is telling them about the NHS

International nurse recruitment

How will the Conservative election pledge of 50,000 more nurses by 2024/25 be realised?

The pledge may well be broken without increased reliance on international recruitment

Nursing shortage: the nettle politicians struggle to grasp

The NHS workforce crisis needs joined-up government action, not empty election promises

The nurse shortage solution we cannot ignore

Reliance on recruitment of overseas nurses from outside the EU is already happening

We need more university places to boost the number of nurses

Despite a small increase in students joining nursing courses, we are not recruiting enough

When will the magic money tree bear fruit for nurses?

The new government shows little sign of addressing nursing concerns such as shortstaffing

Workforce: Lack of progress on nurse retention is frightening

Nurses leaving their jobs is a huge preventable cost

NHS People Plan is refreshingly honest about the causes and extent of nurse burnout

The interim plan’s promise must now be backed up by funding and action

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