Universities forced to slash nurse training posts

The future of nurse training is at risk because one in three universities was forced to cut health educator jobs in 2007 due to funding cuts and lower student intake, according to a survey.

The survey of health educators was carried out by the health joint liaison committee, which has representatives from the Royal College of Nursing, Royal College of Midwives and the University and College Union.

UCU general secretary Sally Hunt said: ‘We have been here before, the shortage of nurses in the late 1990s was a direct result of cuts earlier in that decade. Universities need investment and stability, not boom and bust.'

She called for training budgets to be ringfenced.

Some 91 per cent of respondents said they had experienced increased workload in the last year and 68 per cent said student:lecturer ratios had increased.

nick.bostock@haymarket.com

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