From our Swindon correspondent:
My general feeling about the Conservative Party right now is that if you want to Get Brexit Done, vote Conservative. Get it through. But we’re probably going to have to turn on them once they’ve done this for us.
Because of stupid policies like this:-
The Tories have pledged an extra 50,000 NHS nurses in a bid to plug the existing vacancy gap, which currently stands at more than 43,000.
The Conservative manifesto also reintroduces a nurse bursary – which the Government had scrapped – worth £5,000 to £8,000 per year.
The number of applicants to B7 nursing courses declined by 7.6 per cent in 2018 after it had already fallen by 17.6 per cent in 2017 when the funding changes in England first came into effect.
As most nursing courses are still oversubscribed, acceptances have remained stable with 28,540 this year being the third highest on record. The acceptance rate for nursing courses in the UK increased this year by 4.1 percentage points to 56.2 per cent, the highest ever.