As if the constant erosion of skills, pay and benefits wasn’t enough, we had the removal of the student nurse bursary which the inexplicably-employed Jeremy Hunt assured would result in a great increase in training places and therefore numbers of new nurses.

Many, including individual professionals and bodies, warned that recruitment would drop.

It turns out that the professionals were correct. And Jeremy Hunt was wrong. Again.

Student numbers dropped 23% for the new intake.

[slow hand clap]


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