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NHS Christmas crisis: Hospitals face turning patients away after 1,800 nurses quit in 2 months

Hospitals may have to turn patients away this Christmas after more than 1,800 nurses quit the NHS in two months, reports Vincent Moss of the Sunday People. Britain’s total nursing staff plummeted alarmingly from 280,765 in June to 278,924 in August, according to the ­latest official figures. This prompted fears of a winter staff crisis that will force stretched hospitals to close their doors to ­patients. Embattled Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt faced more ­damaging news after the Government’s Health and Social Information Centre revealed an exodus of NHS matrons. Since David Cameron became PM in May 2010 the number has slumped by more than 1,200 from 6,399 to 5,154. Overall the number of senior nurses in the NHS has fallen by 3,373 from 66,832 in 2010 to 63,458 this year.

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