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Nurse, doctor issue taken to White House

March 27 2008

The Council on Physician and Nurse Supply called for the White House to hold a conference to discuss the shortage of physicians and nurses. The council said the U.S. needs to graduate 30,000 more nurses annually to deal with the shortage.

Also, the U.S. will also have a shortfall of 100,000 to 200,000 doctors over the next 15 years, the organization said.

"Access to healthcare services cannot be maintained, let alone expanded, unless we educate more nurses and physicians," said Linda Aiken, professor of nursing at the University of Pennsylvania and co-chair of the council. "The shortage of nurses and physicians is a serious matter that should be addressed at the highest levels."

The Council on Physician and Nurse Supply is based at the University of Pennsylvania and funded by San Diego-based healthcare staffing company AMN Healthcare Services Inc. (NYSE: AHS).

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