Support for nurses essential in light of coronavirus (COVID-19)

Support for nurses essential in light of coronavirus (COVID-19)

The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has published a report on the shortages in nursing, the need to understand ‘the nursing needs of the NHS’, and the importance of retaining nursing staff, especially in light of the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. The report calls upon the Department of Health & Social Care (DHSC) to ensure that NHS England and NHS Improvement (NHSE&I), alongside Health Education England (HEE), publishes the results of modelling work on the demand for NHS nurses in order to identify how many nurses are needed in what area and in what specialism so that the commitment to hire 50,000 more nurses by 2025 corresponds to the needs of the NHS, and that NHSE&I and HEE prioritise the publication of the NHS People Plan which should include plans on how to secure the number of nurses.

In addition, the report requires that DHSC explain, in a letter to PAC, how they envisage a new maintenance loan will increase nursing student numbers, and that NHSE&I and HEE publish a report on the lessons learnt during coronavirus, specifying the measures that were put in place to support nursing staff’s mental health and wellbeing.

The full report is available here and comes as a response to 36% of nurses stating they are likely to leave the profession within the year as a result of low pay and their treatment during the pandemic.

Source: Fears of “emerging crisis” in nursing after Covid

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