03 / 10 / 2017 11.05am
Responding to Jeremy Hunt's speech at the Conservative conference, Danny Mortimer, Chief Executive of NHS Employers, said:
“The commitment to use NHS land to build affordable homes is great news. The NHS Confederation, together with NHS Employers, has been calling for an ambitious programme to use NHS land to create additional affordable homes for our staff. It was one of the key demands from the NHS Confederation at the General Election.
“This announcement will undoubtedly support recruitment and retention, an issue at the forefront of our members' priorities. Housing is a critical issue for staff and their families. We look forward to continuing to contribute to actions to make the Secretary of State’s announcement a reality.
“We also welcome the commitments to additional funding to help employers offer more placements to students nurses, and the number of nursing associates providing care to patients. This is good news for the NHS when the supply of nursing staff from overseas is proving such a challenge to employers, and it will complement the actions being taken to improve retention of our workforce.
“Finally, we are delighted the Secretary of State is supporting the spread of best practice in the NHS through the use of technology and our constructive trade union relationships to maximise opportunities for bank work for nurses. This offers much-appreciated flexibility for both employers and their people.”