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A record number of nurses and midwives registered to work in the UK with 18,000 over a year ago.
By the end of March, there were 716,600 registered nurses, midwives and registered nurses, according to the Nursing and Midwifery Council.
Despite this, the NMC is concerned that the coronavirus will achieve the ability to recruit and retain employees abroad.
The increase is driven by those entering and staying in the UK and in countries outside Europe.
There has been a significant increase in the Philippines and India in particular.
But those who come from Europe have dropped 5%, to just over 31,000.
‘Stormy waters ahead’
The NMC report includes the results of a survey of more than 6,000 people, asking why they had left the profession.
The main reason presented was a lot of pressure, leading to stress and mental health. That was before the coronavirus outbreak.
The NMC also revealed that more than 14,000 adhered to the temporary record created to increase numbers during the pandemic. This includes employees who have come out of retirement to help.
Andrea Sutcliffe, CEO of NMC, said: “It is great to celebrate a record number of people registered.”
But she predicted that there would be “stormy waters ahead”.
“As a result of the pandemic and subsequent travel restrictions, we may no longer be able to count on the flow of professionals who join our registration from abroad in the same way.”