Responding to today’s figures, Anita Charlesworth, Director of Research and Economics at the Health Foundation, said:
‘Today’s figures are a further reminder of the growing workforce crisis that threatens patient care, with 1 in 8 nursing posts vacant across the NHS. Nurses play a critical role in the health service and without concerted action, the number of unfilled nursing posts could double over the next 5 years. The NHS in England is struggling to train and recruit enough nurses and hospitals are increasingly reliant on unqualified support staff to bridge the gap.
‘The next government needs to ensure that we train more nurses and to do that it will have to address the financial problems that trainee nurses currently face. But training new nurses takes time and over the next few years, international recruitment is the only way to fill the gaps – we will need at least 5,000 nurses from other countries each year for the next 5 years. The incoming government must ensure that migration policy is not a barrier to achieving this.’
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