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NHS staff retention: what if nurses’ roles were respected?

Stemming the tide of leavers post-COVID will require more than increased overseas recruitment – we need to address poor pay and conditions and role down-banding

Stemming the tide of leavers post-COVID will require more than increased overseas recruitment – we need to address poor pay and conditions and role down-banding

The news that almost half of nurses and midwives joining the UK register in the year to March 2022 were from overseas is shocking.

Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) data show 23,408 out of the 48,436 first-time registrants trained overseas – and this reliance on recruitment from abroad comes at the same time as record numbers are leaving the NMC register.

Temporary register hid extent of nurse shortage

The number of leavers increased by 13% in the past

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