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Work pressures driving nurses and midwives away

Work pressures are driving thousands of nurses and midwives a year away from the profession, the Nursing and Midwifery Council  (NMC) says.

The NMC said retention was becoming a major concern despite an overall growth in the register.

Its annual report found 27,000 professionals had left the register in the UK in the year to the end of March.

While retirement appeared to be the most common reason for leaving, health and exhaustion were cited as the next.

NMC Chief Executive Andrea Sutcliffe said: "There are clear warnings workforce pressures are driving people away.

"Many are leaving earlier than planned, because of burnout and exhaustion, lack of support from colleagues, concerns about quality of care and workload and staffing levels."

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Source: BBC News, 24 May 2023


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