Responding to the latest figures from the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) on the numbers joining and leaving its register, UNISON head of health Sara Gorton said:
“The increase in nurses and midwives joining is woefully short of what’s needed.
“It’s yet more evidence that committed funding for nursing degree apprenticeships is vital.
“Support staff, including healthcare assistants, are eager for the chance to progress, and have already proven they’re dependable. Their contribution to the future NHS workforce would be considerable.
“But employers won’t let them study without more…