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The move could allow as many as 1,000 apprentice nurses to join the NHS annually and work alongside fully qualified nurses and ‘nursing associates’ [Image: Peter Byrne/PA].

The move could allow as many as 1,000 apprentice nurses to join the NHS annually and work alongside fully qualified nurses and ‘nursing associates’ [Image: Peter Byrne/PA].

What if they make mistakes?

This could blight the careers of potentially good nurses while failing to help patients.

Jeremy Hunt should have funded the NHS in England properly – but instead he promoted privatisation. This is the result.

Hospital patients could be treated by apprentice nurses under plans to be announced by Jeremy Hunt, sparking a new row about how the government is tackling shortages of health professionals.

The health secretary will say on Wednesday that student nurses can train on the job rather than having to complete a university degree.

The move could allow as many as 1,000 apprentice nurses to join the NHS annually and work alongside fully qualified nurses and “nursing associates”.

Those who could become nursing apprentices include healthcare assistants or those already working towards nursing qualifications.

While nursing associates can remain at that level, apprentices will be expected to work towards becoming a registered nurse.

Source: Apprentice nurses could treat hospital patients in bid to tackle shortages | Society | The Guardian

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