RCN warns winter pressures to continue

The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) has warned that the NHS is likely to continue to feel the strain of winter pressures as a period of cold weather in the UK continues.

Photograph: iStockphoto/Michael Rolands
Photograph: iStockphoto/Michael Rolands

RCN chief executive and general secretary Dr Peter Carter said: ‘The strain was likely to increase as the cold weather continues. Too often, hospital wards are running at near full capacity all year round. When you add a cold spell into the mix, this can push hospitals and staff to the limit.’

RCN members are encouraged to contact the college if they feel that pressures where they work are becoming unmanageable.

neil.durham@haymarket.com

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