Record number of nurses and doctors working in the NHS

Compared to last year, NHS workforce data shows there are 14,813 more nurses and there are now 121,726 doctors working in the NHS.

Th overall number of vacancies in the NHS has decreases by 17.5% (18,500) since last year, according to the quarterly vacancy statistics. Midwifery and nursing vacancies have also fallen by over 15%.

Responding to today’s NHS workforce statistics, Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock said:

“Not only do we have record numbers of doctors and over 14,800 more nurses working in our NHS than last year, but our pipeline of future talent in nursing, medicine and general practice is now at record levels.

“We are well on our way to deliver on our manifesto commitment of 50,000 more nurses in the NHS. I’m deeply grateful for the continued hard work of all our NHS staff throughout this pandemic.”

The number of GPs entering training is the highest ever with 3,793 posts having been accepted which is 543 more than the mandated target of 3,250. GP trainee acceptances within Health Education England has been growing yearly for the last 7 years.

There have also been more than 5,000 more student nurses applying to study this year, a 23% increase from 2019. People who have applied to study medicine next year has also increased dramatically.

The NHS People Plan has set out to improve NHS staff wellbeing and has a new recruitment, retention and support package. The package will support NHS staff in a practical way by providing safe spaces to recuperate and rest and keep them physically safe and healthy.

Staff will now be able to get the best access to mental health support with a £15 million boost which will benefit paramedics, nurses, pharmacists, therapists and support staff. The roll out of the new services form part of the efforts to deal with the second wave of the coronavirus.

Article source: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/record-numbers-of-doctors-and-14813-more-nurses-working-in-the-nhs


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