The Royal College of Nursing has warned that the sharp drop in student applications raises further questions over staff shortages in the NHS.
New figures, from UCAS, reveal the number of people applying to study nursing this September has fallen by almost a quarter in England after the training bursary was removed.
The figures, which show a dramatic decline in mature students and male applicants, come just days after the NMC warned that more nurses were leaving than joining the official register.
It casts doubt on the ability to train enough nurses to fill the 40,000 vacant nurse posts in England.
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