The Royal College of Nursing and the Council of Deans of Health have issued a joint statement warning of the threat to the profession posed by significant cuts in the commissioning of pre-registration education of adult nurses.
They said the current wave of cuts had started with a 3% reduction in student placed commissioned in 2010 in England, followed by a further 10% in 2011 and a “varied picture” nationally for 2012. The most dramatic cut is a 24% reduction in London for the 2012-13 intake, as revealed last year by Nursing Times.
The two organisations said the cuts “threaten the security of supply of the current and future clinical and academic nursing workforce” and also “create a significant risk to the quality of patient care”.
“These sustained reductions could lead to the closure of many university providers of nursing education, training and research. This is at a time when the growing number of people living longer with long-term conditions is driving increased demand for nursing care,” the statement said.