For the third month running, there are record numbers of NHS doctors and nurses working in England according to the latest statistics, something which has been welcomed by MP and nurse Maria Caulfield.
The provisional figures show that 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 (1,197,747).
Maria Caulfield MP said “Nursing and the wider healthcare professions are wonderful and rewarding places to work, as I know from my many years working as a nurse in the NHS. It is great to see that the government are delivering more doctors and nurses for our NHS. These new medical staff will be in our hospitals and GP practices saving and improving lives across the country. Importantly more and more people are applying to study nursing so this record level of staffing could well continue for a long time to come.”
The government is committed to delivering 50,000 more NHS nurses by the end of this Parliament. There has also been a 34% increase in applicants to study nursing this year, and all eligible nursing, midwifery and allied health professional students will benefit from a non-repayable grant from the government, worth at least £5,000 a year.