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‘No coherent workforce plan’ as NHS faces worsening nurse shortage

The nursing shortage is worsening, with NHS workforce planning in England unfit for purpose and no coherent strategy to tackle it, says a report that demands action led by the government.

The nursing shortage is worsening, with NHS workforce planning in England unfit for purpose and no coherent strategy to tackle it, says a report that demands action led by the government

  • NHS workforce planning in England is not fit for purpose, says a Health Foundation report.
  • The charity says falls in the number of nurses and nursing students risk overstretching the profession and undermining progress made on nurse numbers since the Francis report.
  • ‘Collective action led by the government’ is needed to combat the worsening situation, it says.

NHS workforce planning in England is ‘not fit for purpose’, warns a new report , criticising the lack of a coherent strategy to tackle nursing shortages.

The report by the Health Foundation charity argues that the situation is worsening, with fewer nurses coming

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