Will the review on the impact of the cost of living for nurses committed to in the Our Vision for London NHS plan include an inventory of NHS accommodation currently available for nurses, and will it include information about the total number of nurses currently living in accommodation designated for nurses?
The Royal College of Nursing’s report, ‘Living in the Red’ highlighted the importance of accommodation costs as a factor in recruitment and retention of nurses. Work is underway at NHS England and NHS Improvement and Health Education England to establish the London People Board, which will oversee the approach to nurse recruitment and retention across London. I would expect as part of that work that the NHS would want to maximise the utilisation of their assets including accommodation and land. It is important to note however that City Hall does not have any direct powers or responsibility for nurse recruitment and retention.