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Nurses warn of talent squeeze as university offers fall

University figures released today show a 7 per cent drop in the number of applicants being accepted onto nursing courses, according to the Royal College of Nursing.

Figures released by university application coordinator Ucas show that currently there are 21,130 accepted applicants onto nursing courses in the UK this year. This number may increase during Ucas clearing.

Pat Cullen, RCN General Secretary & Chief Executive, warned that the drop in acceptances would add to the growing nursing workforce crisis. She said: “To address the staffing crisis… we need these figures to look even stronger. Sadly, they have headed in the wrong direction this year.”

“The impact of this drop in acceptances to nursing courses, along with the drop in applications this year, must not be underestimated. It will only add to the growing nursing workforce crisis.”

The RCN is currently campaigning for an NHS pay rise of 5 per cent above inflation.

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