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‘Health secretary should be accountable to parliament for short staffing in the NHS’

RCN general secretary tells MPs NHS Long Term Plan can’t be achieved with current numbers
Donna Kinnair

RCN general secretary tells MPs NHS Long Term Plan can’t be achieved with current numbers

The secretary of state for health and social care must be held accountable to parliament for safe staffing, RCN general secretary Dame Donna Kinnair told MPs.

Professor Kinnair told members of the Commons health and social care committee decisions made by secretaries of state meant the NHS was ‘years behind’ having the number of nurses it needed.

She was among a range of health leaders giving evidence to the committee on legislative proposals for the NHS Long Term Plan, the government's ten-year strategy for the NHS in England.

‘Lack of political accountability has put us back years’

‘Successive secretaries of state have taken decisions which mean we cannot deliver the long-term plan,’ Professor

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