London nurse shortage increases as vacancies rises to 10,000

15th January 2016

London’s nurse shortage worsened last year, after new data revealed that trust’s in the capital operated with more than 10,000 empty posts.

The research, carried out by Royal College of Nursing’s London branch, showed that the shortage was equivalent to a 17% vacancy rate- meaning that trusts were operating with nearly one in five nurse posts unfilled.

Bernell Bussue, RCN London regional director, said London faces a “critical shortage” of permanent NHS nurses because of lack of training. “The problem is partly down to short-sighted workforce planning which saw training posts cut, meaning that there aren’t enough home grown nurses coming through” he said.

In 2012, it was revealed that nurse training places across England had been cut by more than 2,500 in the prior three years.

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