NHS in England facing deepening staffing crisis, figures show

Full story in The Guardian, 26 July 2018.

The NHS is facing a deepening staffing crisis as hospitals report growing shortages of doctors, nurses, midwives and therapists, official figures have revealed.

Vacancies across the NHS in England for those key groups of health professionals are running at the highest level since records began three years ago, according to NHS Digital statistics released on Thursday.

NHS care providers, mainly hospital trusts, tried to recruit 69,408 nurses and midwives in the six months between October 2017 and March this year, the latest NHS vacancy figures show. That was up on the 64,127 for the same six-month period in 2016-17 and a big increase on the 57,964 in the same six months in 2015-16.