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200,000 nursing home workers needed, 600 suicides associated with ‘fit-to-work’ tests and women having kids later

Nursing homes are likely to be short of 200,000 workers within five years, the Telegraph reports.

A report published by the International Longevity Centre and Independent Age reveals that low pay, stress and rock bottom morale are taking their toll, and add that action has to be taken to halt the exodus.

It found that immigration rules restricting non-EU workers have played a major role in fuelling to the crisis.

A report by Oxford and Liverpool university researchers has identified almost 600 suicides associated with the Government’s ‘fit-for-work’ tests, the BBC reports.

The researchers looked at 2010-13 data and also found the Work Capability Assessments could be linked to a rise in mental health problems.

And finally, the number of babies born to women aged over 35 has exceeded the number born to women aged under 25 for the first time, the Independent reports.

The figures from the Office for National Statistics show that fewer women are having children, either through choice or circumstance.


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