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Wednesday 21st August 2019

Figures show largest drop in NHS staff for 10 years

22nd March 2012

New figures from the Health and Social Care Information Centre have revealed that the number of staff working for the NHS fell by almost 20,000 last year and represents the biggest fall in workforce numbers for 10 years.


The annual census of staff showed 1,350,377 people worked for the NHS in England on September 30, 2011, down 1.4% on the same period in 2010.

But there are still 241,246 (21.8%) more people working for the NHS than there were in 20001 when staff numbers stood at 1,109,131.

Clinical support and infrastructure staff numbers fell to 219,624, a decrease of 13,718 (5.9%) since 2010 but an increase of 39,841 (22.2%) since 2001.

In addition, manager numbers fell by almost 9% (3,748) to 38,214 in the year to September 2011, however they are still 39% higher than ten years ago.

But numbers of managers and senior managers were still 10,790 (39.3%) higher than in 2001, equal to an average annual increase over the period of 3.4%.

There was an increase in most clinical staff categories, including among GPs but the numbers of hospital and community health service nurses fell by 3,411 (1%).

The proportion of hospital and community health service medical and dental staff rose by 1.7% over the past year to 105,711, representing an increase of 31,865 (43.2%) since 2001.

Of these, consultants numbers rose to 39,088, an increase of 1,336 (3.5%), adding up to 13,306 (51.6%) more senior doctors since 2001 and scientific, technical and therapeutic staff saw an increase of 609 (0.4%) to 152,216.


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