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Letter: It's true - the NHS is facing a humanitarian crisis

The Red Cross is justified in using emotive terminology says Kevin Davies
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The Red Cross is justified in using emotive terminology says Kevin Davies

The British Red Cross is absolutely right to talk about a ‘humanitarian crisis’ in the NHS. This strong, emotive terminology is sadly accurate. Our hospitals have been in crisis for some time and it is crucial that leaders within healthcare across the professions take hold of the crisis and work with all the agencies available to ensure high calibre care that is delivered in an appropriate manner and with dignity at its heart.

It has been obvious for years that a crisis in nurse manpower was inevitable with an ageing workforce and large numbers taking early retirement. Nurses who might have worked longer are not doing so simply because they have to struggle against huge challenges to deliver the fundamentals of safe care. I suspect that retirement options are attractive because there is no light


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