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Record number of nurses quitting the NHS

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Record numbers of nurses are quitting the NHS in England, figures show.

More than 40,000 have walked away from the NHS in the past year - one in nine of the workforce, an analysis by the Nuffield Trust think tank for the BBC revealed.

It said many of these were often highly skilled and knowledgeable nurses with years more of work left to give.

And the high number of leavers is nearly cancelling out the rise in new joiners that has been seen.

There were just 4,000 more joiners than leavers in the year to the end of June.

But a Department of Health and Social Care spokesman said progress was being made and the government was already halfway to meeting its target to increase the numbers of nurses working in the NHS in England during this Parliament by 50,000.

He said a workforce strategy would be published soon, setting out how the NHS will continue to recruit and retain nurses in the coming years.

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Source: BBC News, 30 September 2022

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