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NHS workforce crisis: let’s shift the pressure from nurses to politicians

The voice of nurses has never been stronger, and we must use it to ensure election promises are made good, says the RCN’s new director for England
Prime minister Boris Johnson speaking to a patient on a ward, accompanied by healthcare staff

The voice of nurses has never been stronger, and we must use it to ensure election promises are made good, says the RCN’s new director for England

When I began nursing in the mid-1990s there were, of course, always challenges, but the pressures were not as intense as they are today.

It has become abundantly clear recently that pressure of work is pushing many nurses to breaking point, if not beyond.

‘While Brexit was the reason the election was called, the NHS was probably the most hotly debated topic – this could not have been achieved without nursing staff’

It is in this context that nurses across the UK have forced the issue of safe nurse staffing to the top of the agenda, and secured pledges on nurse numbers from all parties in the recent general election campaign. I am

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