Contents of the Interim NHS People Plan, a NHS report currently in development have been revealed by The Observer.

Warning that, as demand increases, the shortage in numbers of nurses is also likely to increase, the report blames this worrying situation on the 2015 removal of bursaries for nursing training.

The report suggests that, unless significant action is taken, the shortage in nurses in England could grow from the current 40,000 to 68,500 by 2023-24. That number may be even higher as pressures on GP surgeries increase.

This astonishing lack of nursing staff is part of a bigger problem for the NHS where the current overall staff shortage is approximately 100,000 including GPs, paramedics and psychiatrists.

The Observer further comments that the existing shortages are already leading to the closure of Accident and Emergency units , maternity services and the provision of cancer treatment.

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