Analysis

NHS nurse absences ramp up pressure on those staff fit to work

Current staffing woes are rooted in nurse shortage that hampered the NHS long before COVID-19, and now poses the most serious threat to patients and nurses yet

Nurses are being asked to sacrifice their precious time off as they put their own well-being on the line to maintain patient safety

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Overstretched nurses are facing unrelenting pressure as high levels of staff sick leave take a toll on the already depleted workforce, the RCN says.

Military personnel have been drafted in to support NHS services struggling to

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