Decline in nurse numbers is much more than a blip
Front-line nurses, think tanks and the Nursing and Midwifery Council all agree that the nursing workforce is shrinking
Most nurses don’t need to be told there aren’t enough of them. Advertised posts that go unfilled, call bells that can’t be answered and growing case lists as the increasing level of work is spread across a thinning workforce are familiar scenarios.
Figures from NHS Digital and the Nursing and Midwifery Council have confirmed this decline. The King’s Fund, which looked at NHS Digital workforce statistics, says there has been the first year-on-year drop in the number of nurses and health visitors since 2013.
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