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It is not possible to estimate the change in the number of qualified nursing jobs in the national health service to 2015. This will not be known until the new organisations that will underpin the new system have been designed in more detail.
At present, it is the responsibility of local NHS organisations to plan and deliver a work force appropriate to the needs of their local population, based on clinical need and sound evidence.
We are investing £11.5 billion extra in the NHS over the next four years, a sign of our commitment to protecting frontline services, but we also need to be more efficient and those efficiency savings will also be ploughed back into the frontline.