NHS criticised for letting experienced nurses leave

The
National Health Service is not doing enough to retain and recruit some of the
most experienced nurses – despite facing acute staff shortages.

A
report by social charity the Joseph Rowntree Foundation said the NHS
should  introduce more flexible working
practices and better pension provisions to encourage nurses over the age of 50
to continue working.

It
also advised the NHS to look at the way it treats older nurses or risk
discrimination cases under new age discrimination laws.

The
report shows there are 75,000 nurses over 55 (with another 71,000 aged between
50 and 54), but around 10,000 retire each year.

The
number of nurses taking early retirement is also growing and only one in 10 is
under 30, down from one in four a decade ago.

By Ross Wigham

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