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Workforce: Argument against mandatory staffing level rings hollow

With thousands of nurse vacancies and the NHS struggling to maintain staffing, the argument that mandatory staffing levels would create inflexibility has a hollow ring

With thousands of nurse vacancies and the NHS struggling to maintain staffing, the argument that mandatory staffing levels would create inflexibility has a hollow ring

The RCN is playing catch-up in England. While the other three UK countries have – at the least – the semblance of a national approach to safe staffing, the NHS England hierarchy continues to look relatively unresponsive.

The RCN intends to advocate for ‘legislation’ on staffing in England. It is not yet clear what this will mean in practice or how likely it is to make any progress at Westminster, which rarely looks beyond its own bubble these Brexit-conflicted days.

As I highlighted in my column in November last year, there are already working examples of legislation in

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