For the third month running, there are record numbers of NHS doctors and nurses working in England according to the latest statistics published today (Thursday 3 June).
Readers of the Western Morning News are benefitting from an increase in NHS staff in their areas. As of February 2021, the number of nurses has increased by 425 on last year to 8,032, and the number of doctors rose by 234 to 3,349.
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 in England. 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).
Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock said:
“It is hugely encouraging to see the number of doctors and nurses has peaked yet again, with 3,349 doctors and 8,032 nurses supporting Western Morning News readers alone.
“Our expanding NHS workforce will help to provide safe care to patients and continue the success of the vaccination programme, as we work to tackle backlogs and build back better.
“I’d like to thank all health and social care staff across the country for their tremendous work and commitment this past year.”
The government is committed to delivering 50,000 more NHS nurses by the end of this Parliament.
The latest NHS People Plan, published in July 2020, is about making sure we put the right measures in place to support and grow the workforce. It puts NHS staff wellbeing at its heart with a new recruitment, retention and support package. It sets out practical support for wellbeing such as safe spaces to rest and recuperate, wellbeing guardians and support to keep staff physically safe and healthy.
We recognise the enormous pressure this pandemic has put on all of our staff. To support their wellbeing, we 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.