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Rising pressure: the NHS workforce challenge

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Rising pressure: the NHS workforce challenge

A report from the Health Foundation analyses trends in the NHS workforce. It focuses on two pressure points: the impact of the removal of the NHS bursary on student nurse numbers, and staff retention.

The report highlights that national policy and planning for the NHS workforce in England is not fit for purpose. It shows high staff turnover and workforce instability, and a drop in the number of trainee nurses.

The report outlines the growing gap between the national rhetoric of short-term announcements and policies addressing the NHS workforce, and the reality of no overall strategy and falling staff numbers.