The Midlands will receive 958 new doctors and 1,457 new nurses as part of the Government’s NHS recruitment efforts, which means there are now a record number of doctors, nurses, and staff working in the NHS in England.
Nationally, there are now almost 1.24 million full-time equivalent staff working in the NHS in England – an increase of over 34,000 compared to September 2021.
As part of the recruitment drive, almost 4,000 doctors and over 9,300 nurses have been recruited in the last 12 months, meaning there are now over 34,000 doctors and almost 45,000 nurses working in our NHS.
Together, these doctors and nurses will help to ensure that patients get the care they deserve in our NHS – including by delivering extra scans and checks, cutting waiting times, and delivering vital services.
The recruitment will mean better care for patients in the Midlands with a total of 2,415 new doctors and nurses for the region.
Since 2010, there are over 34,170 more doctors and over 44,820 more nurses working in the NHS.
And for the fifth year running, the Government has hit its target for GP speciality trainee recruitment, with 4,000 new trainee doctors accepting GP training placements.
Commenting, Andrew Bridgen MP said:
“The pandemic has resulted in a backlog of operations and procedures – but we must ensure that patients get the care they need.
“Therefore, I am delighted that 958 new doctors and 1,457 new nurses have been recruited in the Midlands as part of a recruitment drive that has seen more doctors and nurses working in the NHS than ever before.
“This recruitment means we are well on our way to recruiting 50,000 more nurses by 2024 – delivering on our promise to the British people.”
Commenting, Health and Social Care Secretary Steve Barclay said:
“Supporting the workforce is one of my immediate priorities and we are making significant progress in training and recruiting a record number of nurses, doctors and healthcare professionals. There are almost 4,000 more doctors and over 9,000 more nurses in the NHS than last year.
“I want to thank all our brilliant NHS staff who work tirelessly to look after us and our loved ones and continue to inspire future generations to join this rewarding career.
“We’re building a stronger, healthier NHS for the long-term to give people the security of knowing that it will be there for them when they need it.”