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Nursing workforce could shrink over next decade

18th July 2011

Academics have said the nursing workforce in the health service could decrease by 100,000 in the next ten years.

The reason for the fall, according to research by the Royal College of Nursing, could be from retirement, fewer student places and cuts to staff numbers. Lead author James Buchan, professor of health sciences at Edinburgh’s Queen Margaret University, said: "The scenarios we have set out are all possible futures – where we are in 10 years will depend on decisions made now by policy makers about numbers of new nurses to train and retention policies." 

 

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