NHS: Nurses - Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 3:22 pm on 10 May 2023.

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Photo of Lord Markham Lord Markham The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care 3:22, 10 May 2023

First, I would say that we have been negotiating with unions, the majority of which on the Agenda for Change now accept where we are. I think a lot of progress has been made in that place. We have a record number of graduates—26,000 new graduates have accepted places for next year. By all accounts, we are increasing recruitment rapidly. There are 43,000 more nurses here today than in 2019. We are doing a lot. We have plans in place to increase further and we are on it.