NHS adds more nurses, doctors

Responding to the NHS workforce statistics, Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock said: “It’s fantastic that there are now over 13,500 more nurses and over 7,800 more doctors working in our NHS compared to last year … reports London Daily Newsdesk

The number of nurses in the NHS in England increased by 13,502 compared to last year, and the number of doctors has risen by 7,890. All professionally qualified clinical staff, doctors, nurses, paramedics and support to clinical staff are at record levels now.

LONDON, Sept. 4, 2019 (Xinhua) — Britain\’s Secretary of State for Health and Social Care Matt Hancock leaves 10 Downing Street after a cabinet meeting in London, Britain, on Sept. 4, 2019. British lawmakers on Wednesday voted in favour of a bill to stop a no-deal Brexit at the end of October, a second heavy blow to Prime Minister Boris Johnson in two days. (Photo by Ray Tang/Xinhua/IANS)

Responding to the NHS workforce statistics, Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock said: “It’s fantastic that there are now over 13,500 more nurses and over 7,800 more doctors working in our NHS compared to last year.

“This pandemic has shown how proud the entire country is of all our brave health and care workers, and what an essential role they play in society.

“We made the commitment of 50,000 more nurses by end of this Parliament, and I’m determined we will meet it. “

Earlier this month the latest UCAS statics revealed a 16% rise in applicants for nursing and midwifery courses in England, the second year-on-year increase. The Nursing and Midwifery’s Council has also reported its largest ever annual increase of registered nursing and midwifery professionals, with around 18,370 more on the permanent register to work in the UK compared to a year ago.

The Government earlier announced a 2.8% pay rise for NHS doctors and dentists, back dated to April 2020, accepting in full the recommendations of the Review Body on Doctors’ and Dentists’ Remuneration (DDRB). 

Separate figures released by Health Education England also show the number of GP trainees in England have risen for the third year running, with recruitment up 15% compared to the same point last year.

The figures for April include some former healthcare professionals who bravely volunteered to return to the frontline during the pandemic. April figures also show that 442 returners were identified, of which, there are 82 doctors and 112 nurses and health visitors. Not all returners are reflected in the monthly workforce stats as they could have been employed on Fixed Term, Honorary or Bank contracts, or via NHS Professionals. 

Currently 296,008 nurses and 120,194 working with the NHS.  April figures also show that 442 ‘Returners’ were identified through the ‘Return to NHS – Covid-19’ code. Of which, there are 82 doctors and 112 nurses and health visitors.

Figures released by Health Education England (HEE) show there have been 3441 acceptances onto GP specialty training in 2020, compared to 2891 at the same stage in 2019.   Student nurses do not have full registration with the NMC, and so are counted as “Support to clinical staff”.  They are not included in the “Nurses” count. Medical students are on the same standing as Foundation 1 doctors, and so are counted as “Doctors” in the stats.

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