Monday, 4 December 2017

Near-record number of nurses start training despite drop in applicants

Near-record number of nurses start training despite drop in applicants A near-record number of aspiring nurses were accepted onto training courses this year despite falls in applications, suggesting entry requirements have eased, it has emerged.

Figures from the university admissions service Ucas revealed 2017 saw the second highest number of trainees accepted ever - 28,620 - however there was an 18 per cent drop in the applications from 18 and 19-year-olds in England.

The Government promised in October to create an extra 5,000 nursing places, part of a wider drive to cope with soaring patient numbers, however an end to bursaries in favour of student loans have been blamed for deterring people from the profession. The Daily Telegraph

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