Nursing degree applications for 2024 drop to 31,100, down from 46,040 in 2021, leading to concerns about patient care and safety.
Why it matters
The significant decline in nursing degree applications exacerbates existing staff shortages, raising concerns about patient care and safety.
What the papers say
The Mirror highlights the impact of Tory cuts and poor pay on nursing recruitment, while The Guardian emphasizes the increasing reliance on non-UK nationals to fill NHS staff vacancies.
How we got here
The NHS has been grappling with staff shortages and increasing reliance on non-UK nationals to fill vacancies.
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