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In the UK, and particularly in London, we rely on recruiting nurses trained in other countries to maintain adequate staffing levels.1 This is likely to continue for several years due to poor workforce planning.2 It is difficult to predict what impact the changes to the funding arrangements for preregistration nurses in England this September, outlined in a recent study,3 will have on overall numbers of student nurses. Early suggestions are that despite the Government’s indicating their aim was to increase student numbers by 10 000 that there may be an overall drop in numbers of students starting courses in September 2017.4 5
Alongside the changes to funding for preregistration nursing courses, Health Education England (HEE) is experiencing economic pressures and …
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