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New government 'must increase the number of nurses'

A report has warned that whichever party is elected next month, it must take immediate action to increase the number of nurses.

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RCN: Community nursing workforce 'cut by 3,300'

Royal College of Nursing (RCN) report has also pointed out that the community nursing workforce has been cut by more than 3,300, despite NHS plans to move care from hospitals to the community. It said the headcount figure for nurses fell from 317,370 in May 2010 to 315,525 in December 2014, meaning there are 1,845 fewer qualified nurses in the workforce.

RCN: Community nursing workforce 'cut by 3,300'. Credit: PA

From May 2010 to December 2014 there has been a 28% reduction in the number of specialist district nurses, a loss of 2,168 posts across England.

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