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Nurses are close to being 'pushed over the edge' by absences and seasonal pressures

NURSES are close to being “pushed over the edge” by a combination of absences, seasonal pressures, increasing omicron infections and a growing treatments backlog, their union has warned.

The Royal College of Nursing (RCN), which represents 465,000 nurses in the UK, called on ministers to be “honest” about the level of the threat.

Earlier, the NHS Confederation, representing the healthcare systems of England, Wales and Northern Ireland, warned of “dangerous complacency around the omicron threat.”

RCN England director Patricia Marquis said: “The latest NHS performance figures for England should leave ministers in no doubt at the severity of the situation.

“Our members are worried that they can’t provide safe care as the omicron wave, very high staff absences, seasonal pressures and the backlog threaten to push them over the edge.

“They cannot keep looking away, we are in urgent need,” she added.

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