One in six healthcare students do not finish training
- By: Benjamin Hope
NHS strategy is failing to overcome the serious shortage of healthcare staff, a new report from the National Audit Office (NAO) concludes. Approximately one in six healthcare students in England do not complete their training, and higher education institutions are already running at full capacity. This is leading to fears that education quality will suffer if proposed increases in the number of training places go ahead.
The report acknowledges the importance of training more nurses, midwives, and other health professionals, but it highlights several areas where improvements must be made if NHS targets are to have a real impact on quality of care and reduce the workload of existing staff. The current targets include an increase of 5500 nurses and 4450 therapists and other health professionals entering training each year by 2004.
Sir John Bourne, head of the NAO, said that delivering the necessary expansion in student numbers requires more