lmost all the 50 largest trusts are missing their own safe staffing targets according to the Royal College of Nursing.
Nine in ten of England’s largest hospital trusts are struggling to hire enough nurses to keep patients safe, damning new stats show.
Janet Davies, general secretary of the RCN, warned patients will pay the “very highest price when the government encourages nursing on the cheap”.
She told the Sunday Times that nurses are being increasingly replaced by cheaper, unqualified healthcare assistants.
Data shows more than half of the largest hospitals have tried to cope with staffing crisis by bringing more unregistered staff on shift.
And the situation is worse at night, when two thirds of hospitals use unregistered support staff.