Analysis

Number crunching: are there enough nurses?

Using freedom of information requests, the RCN has found that despite the Conservative party's statements of increased nursing numbers, all is not as it seems for the nursing profession

Using freedom of information requests, the RCN has found that, despite the Conservative party's statements of increased nursing numbers, all is not as it seems for the nursing profession

How much is enough? Throughout the election campaign, the Conservatives have been keen to point out how it has increased the number of nurses in hospitals.

A common figure quoted is ‘more than 12,000 on wards since 2010’. This is right; the numbers working in hospitals have risen following the drive to improve safety in the wake of the Stafford Hospital scandal.

11.1%

The nurse vacancy rate in England, equivalent to 40,000 nurse vacancies

The statistic tells only part of the story, however. An in-depth analysis by the RCN, released at its annual congress,

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