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A shortage of trained nurses is pushing the independent care sector in Wales to crisis point, according to providers.
A trust in the West Country is trying to tackle ongoing staffing shortages by tempting former nurses, midwives and health visitors back into healthcare work via a new free programme.
The Care Quality Commission is inviting band 7 nurses to join its inspection teams on secondment to help improve the quality of health services.
NHS mental health providers have lost thousands of nursing posts, amid accusations services are being “looted” to implement safe staffing levels in the acute sector in the wake of the Francis report into Mid Staffordshire Foundation Trust.
A nurse turned political activist has also strongly criticised the government’s indication that it will dispense with the NHS pay review body’s advice next year and impose similar pay arrangements as this year.
Around 90% of patient contact in the NHS happens in general practice. It is estimated that at least one in five nurses working in this setting are aged 55 or over, and expect to retire within five or 10 years.