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Nurses protested after bursaries were axed – then applications to join the profession slumped [Image: Getty].

This wasn’t a new announcement, of course. The Tories don’t have anything new to say.

And Jeremy Hunt’s offer of money (after saying continually that there isn’t enough) isn’t likely to cut any ice. Applications to become nurses have fallen because the Tories have made it unattractive as a career. He simply isn’t offering enough.

That failure will bleed on through into the private health sector that he loves so much, of course – with fewer nurses joining the NHS, there will be fewer nurses to poach, and employ privately.

Another Tory failure. Isn’t he?

Nurses protested after bursaries were axed – then applications to join the profession slumped [Image: Getty].

Jeremy Hunt will try to reverse a damaging crash in the number of applications for nurse training, with a promise of cash for fast-track courses.

The Health Secretary will announce an “historic 25 per cent increase in nurse training”, to allow an extra 5,000 nurses to start their degrees next year.

He will also pledge funding for a further 5,500 “nursing associates” each year – who will “earn and learn”, rather than study full-time through a traditional university degree.

The announcement comes hard-on-the heels of a 23 per cent collapse in the number of applications to nursing and midwifery courses at British universities, this autumn.

Source: Jeremy Hunt announces ‘historic’ rise in nurse training places amid plummeting number of applications


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