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NHS Vacancies To Hit 250,000

Thursday, November 15, 2018

GMB RESPONDS TO ‘SHOCKING’ REPORT NHS VACANCIES SET TO HIT 250,000

NHS workers across all occupations are being driven out by excessive workload, low pay and even the threat of violence says GMB Union

GMB, the union for health workers, has responded to a ‘shocking’ report suggesting the number of NHS vacancies is set to more than double.

The current NHS staffing shortfall of 100,000 could reach a 250,000 by the end of the next decade, according to new briefing published today [Thursday November 15] by The King’s Fund, the Health Foundation and the Nuffield Trust [

Rehana Azam, GMB National Secretary, said: 

"This shocking report should be a wake-up call.

“NHS workers across all occupations are being driven out by excessive workload, low pay and rising demand caused by cuts to social care.

“If the number of vacancies is allowed to double as projected then patients will be placed at real risk of harm.

“Ministers must do the right thing and give the NHS and social care the investment the sector so urgently needs."

ENDS

Contact: GMB Press Office on 07958 156846 or at press.office@gmb.org.uk

Notes to Editors

[1] The briefing 'The health care workforce in England: make or break?' will be available on each organisation’s website from 00:01 on Thursday (www.health.org.ukwww.kingsfund.org.uk, and www.nuffieldtrust.org.uk).

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