London and the South East of England could be facing a serious nursing and midwife shortage over the next seven years, labour market analysts have warned.
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The council’s report last week, which gave regional breakdowns on training levels, the job market and future workforce needs, also showed that the North West could struggle to retain the level of nursing staff needed.
It said that London was due to lose 31,000 “health associated professionals” - which includes nurses, midwives and therapists - by 2017 through retirement, while the South East was set to lose 28,000 and the North West 27,000. The North East may lose 10,000.
Skills for Health head of research Ian Wheeler said: “We don’t know if there are sufficient people coming through.”
He warned that retirement levels often “slipped under the radar” of trusts and strategic health authorities that were concerned more with budget deficits and meeting government policy.