WELSH health secretary Vaughan Gething has appealed to nurses from across the UK and around the world to consider a career in Wales.

Speaking at the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) congress in Liverpool yesterday, Sunday, Vaughan Gething outlined the benefits to nurses of working in the Welsh NHS, which is entirely devolved to the Welsh Government.

“Wales is a fantastic place to train, work and live,” he said.

“A place where we will continue to offer NHS bursaries for eligible student nurses, midwives and allied health professionals in 2018/19.

“It’s a place where we will continue to support professional development, and it’s a great place to find the right-life balance, with a great mix of beautiful countryside and vibrant cities.

“We continue to invest in nursing education, and the number of nurses working in NHS Wales continues to increase year on year.

“Wales is the first country in Europe to legislate on nurse staffing areas, empowering nurses and ensuring the resources are in place to care sensitively for patients.”

He added: “We are proud of our nurses, and we work to support them.”