Can the new prime minister solve the nurse workforce crisis?
Fewer UK applicants accepted on nursing courses this year will mean even greater reliance on international recruitment to meet the government’s 50,000 NHS nurses target
A new prime minister has inherited the deepening crisis of nurse shortages in England, after Liz Truss was chosen as the next Conservative Party leader.
There are more than 46,000 registered nurse vacancies in the NHS, and registered nurse numbers in social care have fallen 36% across the last decade .
Hitting the 50,000 NHS nurses target
If the new prime minister is to have any hope of fixing this situation they need to look long and hard: there is no single solution, and some of the underlying causes cannot be fixed
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