Nurses are the rock upon which the NHS is built says RCN

Dr Peter Carter, general secretary of the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) is encouraged by Dr Cameron's pledge to guarantee a year's employment for newly qualified nurses.

Dr Peter Carter
Dr Peter Carter

Dr Carter said:

‘All the evidence shows that patients benefit if we have enough nurses with enough time to do their jobs. Patients get fewer infections, have less falls and get better more quickly. That is why David Cameron's comments today on nurses are significant.

‘All too often workforce planning can seem like a rollercoaster ride with surplus following shortage, so when newly qualified nurses cannot get a job it is nothing short of a scandal. David Cameron's pledge to look at guaranteeing newly qualified nurses a year's NHS employment is a step forward. It would be good for nurses, and good for patients.

‘It is true that nurses do have a vocation, and that they do this job because they care about their patients, but making sure that they are rewarded for their dedication and professionalism is also important if we are going to keep the nurses we have and attract people into the profession.'

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