Syed Kamall, the parliamentary under-secretary for health and social care, took part in a House of Lords debate focused on the challenges facing the nursing workforce in the UK. The discussion centered around issues such as nurse retention, recruitment, and staff well-being.
Kamall assured the audience that the government was committed to increasing the number of nurses in England by 50,000 by the end of parliament and outlined various measures being taken to achieve this goal. However, concerns were raised about the need for greater retention efforts and support for nurses, including addressing staff abuse and enhancing mental health services.
Kamall emphasized the importance of retaining existing nursing staff while acknowledging the stressful nature of recent years. The funding for staff well-being and the budget for Health Education England were among the areas of concern raised during the debate. The topic of mandatory vaccinations for healthcare staff was also addressed, with Kamall indicating that discussions were taking place to address concerns and explore alternatives for those who were reluctant to be vaccinated.
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