NHS: Nurses - Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 3:22 pm on 10 May 2023.

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Photo of Lord Clark of Windermere Lord Clark of Windermere Labour 3:22, 10 May 2023

My Lords, I thank the Minister for his Answer. He knows that the NHS is facing a desperate shortage of nurses. It is currently 44,000 and growing monthly. Our NHS depends entirely on having sufficient nurses. The members of the Royal College of Nursing recognise that the latest government pay offer fails to address the critical problem of recruitment and retention. When will the Government face up to these facts and make nurses a pay offer which offers them a long-term future in the NHS?