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Directors of nursing should be involved in tackling NHS waste management problems, say nurse leaders

RCN report on NHS England waste management reveals huge disparity in cost of processing waste

RCN report on NHS England waste management reveals huge disparity in cost of processing waste

  • Financial and environmental reasons for emphasising issue of waste at board level
  • Respondents at 15% of NHS trusts surveyed never report on waste to their board
  • Nurses have 'significant role’ in reaching national target on carbon-dioxide-equivalent emissions

According to an RCN report on the management of waste in the NHS in England, organisations with ‘innovative strategies’ on waste management could deliver significant improvements, foster a culture of engagement and create data that would drive cost savings to the NHS at local and national level.

The report reveals huge variation across organisations in the cost of processing waste: from less than £100 to nearly £22,000 a tonne.

Nursing leaders stated that directors of nursing should use their influence to ensure waste

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