Susan Osborne: 2020 too late to solve nurse staffing crisis
The government’s pledge to fund an extra 10,000 training places is all well and good but those nurses are needed now, not in 2020, says safe staffing expert Susan Osborne
The year 2020 appears to be a magical one for the Department of Health. In early August it announced plans to fund an extra 10,000 training places for nurses, midwives and allied health professionals by 2020.
This commitment to fund clinical placements for thousands of nursing students at NHS trusts follows a previous promise to increase the number of places for medical students by up to 1,500 – also by 2020.