Shortage of Nurses in UK

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UK needs to develop a nursing workforce to meet the increasing and changing needs of the UK population

Hospitals in the UK are under pressure to hire more nurses than ever before to care for the growing number of elderly patients and overall growth in the UK population; and because there are not enough nurses coming out of training, hospital trusts are having to tour Europe looking for recruits; for example:

Aintree University Hospital Foundation Trust, spent £46,000 on a trip to Madrid to recruit 20 nurses, only 11 of whom were still in the job after one year.

United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust, spent £100,000 on a trip to Athens, where it recruited 39 Greek nurses.

Key Facts NHS

The NHS was first established on July 5, 1948, and was based on need not ability to pay In 2014 the NHS employed 150,273 doctors, 377,191 qualified nursing staff, 155,960 qualified scientific, therapeutic and technical staff and 37,078 managers.

  • The NHS deals with over 1 million patients every 36 hours.
  • NHS has to recruit 1 in 4 nurses from abroad
  • The NHS in England and Wales employs around 1.3 million people. This is approximately one in 23 of the working population.
  • Around 77% of today's NHS workforce is female.
  • Nurses make up the largest part of the NHS workforce, at just below 30%.
  • Each month, 23 million people visit their GP surgery to see a Practice Nurse.