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Jane Bates: How to prevent the NHS from going down the drain

The response to the nursing crisis has been to step up training or recruit nurses from abroad. But unless the issues prompting nurses to leave the profession are addressed the NHS will not survive, says Jane Bates

The response to the nursing crisis has been to step up training or recruit nurses from abroad. But unless the issues prompting nurses to leave the profession are addressed the NHS will not survive, says Jane Bates

You are trying to refill your bath. The taps are on full but the water level is still sinking. You can’t understand it. Then someone comes along and says: ‘Why don’t you put the plug in the plughole?’

There is something fundamentally odd about the response to the nursing crisis. So many are leaving, and if it carries on this way the NHS will not survive. Yet the powers that be are falling over themselves to set up new training opportunities or ship in nurses from abroad.

But they too will leave if the plug isn’t put in the hole, and the issues causing

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