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Exclusive: 'disaster' warning follows 12% drop in nurse training places


I can't say I am surprised by this news. The school where I trained was told by the Trusts how many nurses they would need in 3 years time (allowing a certain number who would leave the area to work) and adjusted their numbers accordingly and I am sure it is the same elsewhere. So, given the number of nursing posts being cut Nationwide in almost every single Trust, is it any wonder that they are saying they don't need as many new nurses? My Trust, a couple of years ago, had almost entire intake of newly-qualified nurses with no posts for them but had to be given contracts anyway as part of the Trust's contract with the University. Honestly, in the next couple of years, I can see the number of training posts decreasing even further. Of course there is the issue of people retiring but I feel the biggest reason for a potential shortage to come is the NMCs attempt to price us out of nursing with their exorbitant, and given the economic climate, brutal registration fee hike....I can see a lot of nurses leaving the profession thanks to this. I, for one, am not sure if I want to work in a profession where our Governing Body treats us like mobile cash machines and Trusts treat us like expendable luxuries

Posted date

18 September, 2012

Posted time

2:16 pm