Both the Royal College of Nursing and the Royal College of GPs have made calls for the government to address the staffing shortage in the NHS as a matter of urgency.

Recent NHS statistics have highlighted the extent of the current problems in Accident and Emergency facilities during December 2019 with 100,000 people in England waiting more than 4 hours for a hospital bed after having been assessed, as well as 400,000 people waiting more than 4 hours to be assessed. Although the government target is for 95% of people attending Accident and Emergency to be seen with 4 hours, across England in December less than 80% of patients were seen within the target time.

The Royal College of Nursing has demanded that the government abide by their election campaign promise to recruit and retain more nurses to help address these problems. There are currently approximately 40,000 nursing vacancies within the NHS.

The Royal College of GPs has also focussed on government election promises, calling for investment to deliver 6,000 additional GPs as well as undertaking action to reduce waiting times for patient access to GPs.

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