Regional News — February 12, 2016 at 10:04 pm — Updated: February 12, 2016 at 10:04 pm

Number of nurse training places in Wales to increase by 10% in £85m Welsh Government investment

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The number of nurse training places will increase by 10% in 2016-17 as part of an £85m investment package by the Welsh Government in the next generation of healthcare professionals, the Health and Social Services Minister Mark Drakeford has announced.
Nurse training places will rise by 135 in 2016-17 to 1,418, an increase of 10%, on top of the 22% increase in 2015-16. This will be the highest level of nurse training places in Wales since devolution.
Health and Social Services Minister Mark Drakeford said: “Highly-trained staff are the heart of the Welsh NHS – this £85m investment will go towards developing the next generation who will provide healthcare to the nation.
“This includes the highest level of nurse training places since devolution and extra training places in key professional areas, including diagnostic radiography and physiotherapy.
“This investment is based on what NHS organisations have told us they need to maintain services. Despite the financial pressures faced during in recent years we have continued to invest in education and training for health professionals in Wales. This year is no exception.”

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