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Housing crisis puts nurses' health at risk

The surge in house prices and lack of affordable rented accommodation mean staff are making long journeys home after their shifts
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Nurses priced out of affordable homes are risking their health driving long distances home after shifts.

Nurse Lindsay Branch currently rents a room in east London to avoid the long commute from her home in Essex. Picture: Barney Newman

That was the stark warning from nurses at RCN congress in Glasgow last month.

A debate on housing heard multiple examples of how nurses’ careers – and health – were being affected by a lack of affordable rented accommodation and soaring house prices.

Neil Thompson, from the RCN's UK safety representatives committee, said: ‘High rents might be of no consequence if we still had acres of subsidised nursing accommodation for underpaid staff to live in.

‘The impact of this is that many people find themselves isolated or in risky positions of being too tired at the end of shift to get home safely.’

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