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Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 13th March 2020.

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Photo of Joanne McCartney Joanne McCartney Labour

The Royal College of Nursing have recently published a report titled, “Living in the Red: the cost of living crisis for London’s nursing workforce”. What steps are you taking to address the concerns raised in the report?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

I welcome the Royal College of Nursing’s report which importantly highlights the cost pressures faced by our valued frontline NHS nurses. Work is underway at NHS England and NHS Improvement (London Region) and Health Education England to establish the London People Board, which will oversee the work to recruit and retain more nurses in London. I am playing my part, as acknowledged in the report, by freezing tube fares and introducing the ‘hopper fare’ on London’s buses. I remain committed to increasing levels of affordable housing and support for Londoners to get on the housing ladder. My Health Adviser, Dr Tom Coffey, met with the RCN on 19 February and I will discuss workforce issues in my next meeting with Sir David Sloman, Regional Director, NHS London.