Boost wages and scrap tuition fees to turbo-charge nurse recruitment

Ministers must act to fill 40,000 nursing vacancies

Responding to NHS workforce statistics released today (Thursday) showing a 14,199 increase in nurse numbers and a 23% increase in nursing student acceptances, UNISON head of health Sara Gorton said:

“It’s good more nurses are now on wards and out in communities, but it’s a drop in the ocean compared to the 40,000 unfilled roles.

“Ministers could easily turbo-charge recruitment by scrapping student tuition fees and giving staff the early and significant pay rise they deserve.

“A wage boost would work wonders for frustrated health workers thinking of leaving and the young considering a career in the NHS.”

Notes to editors:
– UNISON is the UK’s largest union, with more than 1.3 million members providing public services – in education, local government, the NHS, police service and energy. They are employed in the public, voluntary and private sectors.

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