Education chiefs have questioned claims in the NHS Long Term Plan that “well-qualified” student nurse applicants are being rejected a place on a course because some universities are setting the bar too high.
The new 10-year plan for the health service in England was published on 7 January, after being delayed since the end of last year. The 136-page blueprint sets out how a £20.5bn annual budget increase will be spent.
Scrapping tuition fees for postgraduate nursing courses and giving all student nurses annual grants to cover living costs are among a set of urgent measures put forward by health experts today to prevent a workforce crisis.
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