Thousands of NHS posts unfilled23rd August 2012
New figures have revealed that thousands of NHS posts are remaining unfilled.
The latest count shows that 12,000 NHS job posts have not been filled after people retired, resigned or moved to other organisations.
Data from the Health and Social Care Information Centres shows that over the 12 months to May 2012, some 89,926 people left the NHS in England but just 77,522 of the roles were filled.
That means the overall number of NHS employees, including NHS hospital and community health service staff, has fallen by 20,000 since 2009. Of those 5,000 managers, plus 2,000 senior manager posts, went.
Health minister Anne Milton said that while administrative staff numbers had fallen, there had been a rise in clinical staff.
“There are 2,400 more clinical staff working in the NHS than there were two years ago in May 2010, including over 3,700 more doctors, and over 900 extra midwives,” she said.
“In contrast, the number of admin staff has fallen by over 17,500, creating savings that will be reinvested into frontline patient care. Funding will increase by £12.5 billion over the next three years, protecting the NHS for the future.”
But it also emerged that qualified nursing, midwifery and health visiting staff posts have reduced by almost 5,000 in the last two years, a reduction the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) said would have an impact on patient care.
Chief executive and general secretary Dr Peter Carter said: “It simply isn’t right to suggest that you can take these posts away without damaging patient care.”
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