Lots of nurse vacancies but we have more nurses…


So the BBC and others are reporting on the increasing numbers of vacancies for Drs and Nurses in the NHS. The governments bland response appears to be to simply say that we have more than we have ever had before. It’s all very well saying that the NHS now has more nurses and doctors but these figures clearly show that it does not have enough. Demands on services have increased and, certainly for nursing, we have known that we are not training enough to meet predicted demand for some time. The need to recruit overseas is entirely predictable and will  we can get some excellent nurses research such as our BMJ Open paper (1) shows that this is not a simple and straightforward solution – people need proper support to adapt and don’t always get it.The government has recently abolished bursaries for student nurses and the NHS no longer directly…

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