Record number of doctors and nurses working in the NHS

Tuesday 08th June 2021 10:44 EDT

According to the latest statistics published in the first week of June, for the third month running, there are record numbers of NHS doctors and nurses working in England. 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, that’s over 5,600 more doctors and over 10,800 more nurses. There are also record numbers of hospital and community health staff overall (1,197,747). The government is committed to delivering 50,000 more NHS nurses by the end of this Parliament. The NHS has said that it recognises the enormous pressure this pandemic has put on all of its staff. To support their wellbeing, the NHS has invested £30 million in mental health and occupational health support last year, and a further £37 million this year for mental health hubs, a helpline and a 24/7 text support service. 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.

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