The Last Straw: Explaining the NHS Nursing Shortage

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Good levels of recruitment and retention among nurses are critical to the effectiveness of the NHS workforce.

But significant numbers of nurses are unhappy with many areas of their work.

Many nurses feel frustrated by issues such as lack of resources, poor pay and conditions, inflexible working times, and a grading system that makes career progression difficult.

The Last Straw argues that the NHS nursing shortage will not be solved unless all aspects of nurses' working lives – including roles, workload and conditions – are improved in an integrated way.

This publication draws conclusions about what needs to change to reverse the current problems.