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Applications to nursing courses have dropped by a third in the two years since bursaries for students were axed, figures show. The number of people in England applying to begin training fell from 51,840 in 2016 to 35,260 this year, according to Ucas, representing a decline of almost 32%. There…
NHS nurses "don't feel able to provide the level of care they should be" due to low staffing numbers, leading nurses have warned. The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) said that nurses on the front line are "finding it increasingly difficult to do the job". In an interview with the…
The NHS in England has launched the biggest recruitment drive in its history to encourage schoolchildren to work in the health service. The health service, which is celebrating the 70th anniversary of its creation this week, ended the last financial year with almost 100,000 vacancies. The new £8 million recruitment…
Nearly every GP surgery in England is short of a family doctor, a leading medic has warned. Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard said there is a "crisis" in the GP workforce. Many doctors are so overwhelmed with workload pressures that they feel they are "not providing a safe enough service", the chairwoman…
Almost three quarters of specialist breast cancer nurses in Wales are aged 50 or over so many could retire in the next decade, a charity has warned. Macmillan Cancer Support said its latest census shows 74% of breast cancer nurses where age was reported are at least 50, leading to…
A steep drop in the number of childminders working in England has been branded "simply unacceptable" by campaigners who have called on the Government to take action to halt the decline. New Ofsted figures show that there are now more than 15,000 fewer registered childminders compared to around six years…
One in five doctors believe that patient safety is being "compromised" due to staffing problems, a new poll has found. An annual census of British doctors found that more than half of all consultants and two thirds of trainees reported frequent gaps in junior doctor rotas. And 20% said that…
Most people who rely on social care workers to safeguard or support them will know the valuable contribution they make every day. The sector works in every part of Wales, providing care and support through a range of independent, voluntary and statutory partners, to help people live the lives that…
The NHS is to be able to recruit thousands more medical staff from abroad, after the Government announced a relaxation on visas. Doctors and nurses are to be excluded from the cap on so-called "Tier 2" visas for skilled workers from non-EU countries, imposed by Theresa May when she was…
More than 6,000 visa applications for highly skilled workers like scientists, IT specialists and doctors with job offers in the UK were refused because of a Government-imposed cap on numbers, it has been revealed. The refusals came between December 2017 and March 2018 and were the result of an annual…
Health care staff in Northern Ireland are uncertain and concerned about the ability to retain and hire EU colleagues post-Brexit. Nurses and doctors who live across the Irish border but currently work in the region are "anxious" and want reassurance, the findings of a workforce engagement exercise found. The feedback…
NHS trusts in England spent more than £1.4 billion last year on temporary nursing staff due to shortages, a study has found. The bill was enough to pay the salaries of an estimated 66,000 newly qualified nurses, and more than fill the 38,000 existing vacancies in nursing jobs, a report…
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