RCN launches action plan to recruit 20,000 nurses

The Royal College of Nursing has launched a ten-point action
plan to help the Government achieve its pledge to recruit 20,000 nurses by
2004.

A key recommendation is for all employers in the health
service to consult with staff to identify their needs.

Other recommendations in the plan include increasing pay and
providing more affordable accommodation for nurses.

Christine Hancock, RCN general secretary, said: “Nursing is
at the heart of providing the best patient care – but we must have enough
nurses with the right skills and expertise.

“The government has already pledged an extra 20,000 nurses,
a target we believe is highly ambitious but can be reached.”

www.rcn.org.uk

By Paul Nelson

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