There are a record number of doctors and nurses working in the NHS in England.
Statistics published yesterday, June 3, show that as of as of March 2021, there are a total of 124,078 doctors and 304,542 nurses working in the NHS.
Compared to the same time last year, there are over 5,600 more doctors and over 10,800 more nurses working in the NHS. There are also record numbers of hospital and community health staff overall, with 1,197,747 workers.
Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock said, “It is hugely encouraging to see the number of doctors and nurses has peaked yet again, with over 124,000 doctors and 304,000 nurses working in our NHS. Our expanding NHS workforce will help to provide safe care to patients and continue the success of the vaccination programme, as we work to tackle backlogs and build back better.
“I’d like to thank all health and social care staff across the country for their tremendous work and commitment this past year,” he added.
The said government is committed to hiring 50,000 more NHS nurses by 2024. There has also been a 34 percent increase in applicants to study nursing in 2012.
“The latest NHS People Plan, published in July 2020, is about making sure we put the right measures in place to support and grow the workforce. It puts NHS staff wellbeing at its heart with a new recruitment, retention and support package. It sets out practical support for wellbeing such as safe spaces to rest and recuperate, wellbeing guardians and support to keep staff physically safe and healthy,” said the Health Secretary.
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