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Nursing application numbers fall

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But health education leaders say long-term trends show growth despite 2021 ‘outlier’

There has been a drop in the number of applicants to UK nursing and midwifery courses compared with last year, but health education leaders insist that student numbers are increasing in the long term.

Data published by the admissions service Ucas on 14 July show that the number of applications for nursing courses by the 30 June deadline has fallen from 56,630 in 2021 to 52,150, while the number of midwifery applicants has fallen from 13,350 to 12,220.

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