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Closing the gap

As vacancies rise, NHS England can buy time with international recruitment, says James Buchan

A new tripartite report on the NHS workforce in England highlights the scale of the nursing shortage, now and into the future.

The report – Closing the Gap – carries the logos of the three health policy think tanks the Health Foundation, the King's Fund and the Nuffield Trust.

The cost of doing nothing

Latest figures from NHS Improvement suggest there are more than 30,000 vacant NHS nursing posts. The workforce projections in the report highlight the cost of doing nothing. On current trends, the number of unfilled but required posts will rise to nearly 70,000 in five years, and ten years from now the gap could be up to 100,000.

The report also sets

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