Would the NHS nursing crisis be helped by aesthetics law change?
There are many arguments around about medics and especially nurses being the only people allowed to perform aesthetic treatments in future.
But is that going to help the massive nursing crisis facing the NHS?
Do we really want to see medics, including nurses, cornering the market and seeing the opportunity to make up to 10 times their current salary by moving into aesthetics and replacing all the current practitioners?
There is a shortfall of 40,000 nurses in the NHS in England alone.
The NHS spends almost £1.5bn a year on temporary nursing staff to cover this shortage.
7 out of 10 newly qualified nurses quit their role within a year…. some move trusts but 7 out of 10!!
35% of nurses are thinking of leaving their job.
Applications to study nursing down 30% since introduction of student loans.
Since the Brexit vote, there has been a 28% increase in the number of EU nurses leaving Britain.
Overseas applications for nursing roles have fallen by a staggering 87% in the past 12 months.
These statistics come from a Report for the Open University, Tackling Nursing Shortages, 2019.
Should we encourage nurses to nurse and not give them even more reason to quit the NHS than they already have?
What do you think?