Log In
Wednesday 17th January 2018

Huge growth in NHS staff

23rd March 2011

The NHS in England has seen a huge growth in staff numbers over the last decade.


Figures for the census carried out by the NHS Information Centre show that by the end of September 2010, just over 1.43 million people worked for the NHS in England, though numbers are already starting to fall as cuts start to bite.

But in the period up to last September, staff numbers grew in virtually every department with a quarter more GPs, an increase of more than 50% in the number of consultants and a 20% rise in the number of qualified nurses.

One of the biggest areas of increase was in managers were numbers rose 66% in a decade to 41,962, though that number has fallen by 2,770 since last September.

Health Minister Simon Burns said: “The latest census shows that the NHS has taken up the challenge to reduce management costs whilst the number of doctors and nurses has increased.

“Reducing bureaucracy is vital to modernising the NHS so that every penny saved can be reinvested into improving patient care and driving up quality.

“We have always been clear that efficiency savings must not impact adversely on patient care. Instead the size and shape of the workforce needs to change so that we have less bureaucrats and the right levels of clinical staff so that care can be brought closer to home for patients.”

Shadow Health Secretary John Healey said the NHS in England now faced an uncertain future after years of investment.


Share this page


There are no comments for this article, be the first to comment!

Post your comment

Only registered users can comment. Fill in your e-mail address for quick registration.

Your email address:

Your comment will be checked by a Healthcare Today moderator before it is published on the site.

Article Information

Title: Huge growth in NHS staff
Author: Mark Nicholls
Article Id: 17973
Date Added: 23rd Mar 2011


BBC News
Inside Government

Recent Related Articles

NHS staff shortages number one concern


Add to scrapbook
Show Comments
Add comment
Find all related articles


Mayden - Innovative cloud-based web development for the healthcare sector
© Mayden Foundation 2018