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200,000 nurses have quit the NHS since 2010

Friday 29th March 2019
Nurses are leaving the NHS due to dissatisfaction with their work-life balance, ill health and a lack of career progression.
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The NHS’ staffing crisis has been laid bare with the release of figures that show more than 200,000 nurses have quit their jobs since 2010.

Offering even more detail, it was revealed that the number of those resigning over a poor work-life balance has increased threefold in the same period.

The proportion of nurses leaving due to their health has gone up by 73 per cent, while 69 per cent more quit the service because there aren’t enough opportunities for them to advance in their careers.

It will come as no surprise to those working in the NHS who are aware of the staffing crisis, with experts saying that last month was the hardest it’s ever been for staff.

The research by the Labour Party compared data on all NHS staff who left their jobs between 2010 and 2011 with those exiting from 2017 to 2018.

Of the 896,917 employees included, 200,586 of them were nurses.

The top three reasons for leaving the NHS among nurses were unknown, retirement and relocation, leaving many questions unanswered.

What is clear, however, is that there are nearly 40,000 vacant nursing jobs across England, highlighting the importance of the NHS retaining the staff it has already recruited.

Dame Donna Kinnair, acting chief executive of the Royal College of Nursing said: “Health and care services are losing thousands of experienced, dedicated nursing staff who feel as if no one is sufficiently listening to their concerns and patient care is routinely compromised by chronic staff shortages.”

Labour warned that the budget to help staff develop their skills has been cut to a third of what it was five years ago, limiting workplace progression.

Written by James Puckle

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