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Nursing shortfall predicted

29th January 2010

The Conservative Party has claimed that government figures show nurse numbers could be cut by more than 13,000 over the next five years.

They say Department of Health figures showed that 16,262 nursing graduates would join the NHS this year and 19,056 qualified staff would leave, resulting in 2,794 fewer nurses. If similar losses occur over the next four years the total workforce will fall from 329,372 in 2008 to 315,963 by 2014. The Royal College of Nursing said the government must address the issue as a matter of urgency.

 

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