Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust:
Moreover, figures from Undergraduate Courses at University and College (UCAS) mentioned in the report that more than 50,000 people applied for just 21,205 nurse training places last year – so more than 30,000 people who want to become nurses were turned away.
Jeannett Martin, regional director for the South West region of the RCN said: “NHS trusts are trying to plug the gap to ensure patients get the care they need and it is costing the NHS a huge amount of money.
“Whoever forms the next government must listen to us and take immediate action to increase training places and expand the supply of nurses. It takes three years to train a nurse so we need action now.”