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Welsh Government announces additional investment in nurse training places

10 Feb 2016

Welsh Government announces additional investment in nurse training places

Responding to the announcement today that the number of training places for nurses will be increased by 10% in 2016-17, Peter Meredith-Smith, Associate Director (Employment Relations) said:

"The RCN in Wales welcomes the planned additional investment in nurse training places.  We have for the past several years called for the number of training places for nurses in Wales to be increased to cope with the serious staffing problems that the NHS faces presently and to more effectively prepare for the future demands of our health services.  This will help create a stable and secure nursing workforce across Wales, leading to safer and better quality care for our patients."

"An increase in the number of nurses trained becomes even more important now as we move closer to a situation whereby Wales will become the first European country to set legal minimum nurse staffing levels for certain NHS clinical wards."
 
"We know the NHS in Wales is experiencing high demand from patients and work pressures has steadily increased for nurses.  As we welcome this announcement, we ask that every effort is made by the Welsh Government to maintain and increase nurse training numbers year on year so that safe staffing levels are maintained at all times on our hospital wards."