Health Minister Robin Swann has announced additional student places for healthcare undergraduate courses at @QUBelfast and @UlsterUni
But given the shortage of home grown nurses and the use of agency staff is the quota of an additional 39 nursing places nearly enough?
One agency states that are now recruiting heavily for RGN’s to work throughout NI whereas another states There is no disguising the fact that there is a major Nursing shortage across the whole of the UK. It is said that in the public sector alone, there is a shortage of at least 2,000 Nurses in Northern Ireland.
So the question remains is 39 places nearly enough or is it just a drop in the ocean?