Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Health – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 10th October 2017.

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Photo of Philippa Whitford Philippa Whitford Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Health) 12:00 am, 10th October 2017

Obviously we know that it takes quite some time to train a nurse, and one in 10 posts in England is vacant—that is twice the rate we face in Scotland. We also know that there is a 51% increase in nurses leaving the profession, a 96% drop in those coming from the European Union, and a limit on the use of agency staff, so where does the Secretary of State expect NHS England to find the 40,000 nurses it needs right now?