The research report from Royal College of Nursing (RCN) shows that the nurse workforce has increased by 4.6% in the last five years but at the same time the hospital admissions for patients increased by 12.3%, which is almost three times the rate of increase of the nursing workforce.
More needs to be done for safe staffing says the union, but the government says the rising NHS budget will ensure high-quality care. National Health Service (NHS) is the national healthcare system funded by the public in England.
The total health spending in England for 2018/19 was approximately £129 billion and it is expected to rise to approximately £134 billion. Official data shows that there were 224,000 hospital nurses on an average during last year – up by 4.6% in five years.
Royal College of Nursing also considered at the number of admissions to hospitals have gone up by. There were 14.2 million last year, which is 12.3% higher than it was in the past five years. RCN general secretary Dame Donna Kinnair said the data should act as a “stark warning”. She also said that staffing shortfalls are never numbers on a spreadsheet but they can also affect real patients in real communities.