GMB Experts in the World of Work
Join GMB today
 Follow @GMB_union

NHS Vacancies Shoot Up 30 Per Cent in 2 Years

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

 

 

The number of nurses and health visitors plummeted by 1,049 in just one month from March to April 2017.

GMB, the union for NHS staff, says poor pay and increased workload are hurting the health service as vacancies have rocketed 30 per cent in just two years.

According to NHS stats published today, [1] there were 30,613 unfilled vacancies in England in March 2017 - up from just 23,427 in February 2015.

Meanwhile the number of nurses and health visitors plummeted by 1,049 in just one month from March to April this year.

GMB, which launched a national campaign to end the public sector pay cap in March, says poor pay and working conditions are taking their toll. [2]

Kevin Brandstatter, GMB National Officer for Public Services, said:

“It’s not surprising our dedicated NHS workers are leaving the profession in droves.

“They have been hit by a real terms pay cut for the past seven years – their wage rises have been consistently lower than inflation.

“Along with other public sector workers, they are forced to put in £11billion of unpaid work every year to prop up our ailing public services. [3]

“Our NHS members love the work they do saving lives – but the bottom line is they have to put food on the table and buy clothes for their children.

“Until the Government ends this cruel and unnecessary pay cap – the trend will continue.

“As many politicians have said - austerity is a political choice.

“It is a political choice which will lead to higher and higher staff shortages; with fewer and fewer staff to care for sick patients - patients are almost bound to die as a result.

“The fault for this will lie with the Government."

ENDS

Contact: Kevin Brandstatter on 07813 207374 or GMB Press Office on 07958 156846 or at press.office@gmb.org.uk

Notes to Editors:

[1] http://www.digital.nhs.uk/catalogue/PUB30033

http://www.digital.nhs.uk/catalogue/PUB30022

NHS employment headcount changes, March 2017 to April 2017

Total

-705

 

 

Professionally qualified clinical staff

-987

 

 

HCHS doctors

143

Consultant (including Directors of Public Health)

57

Associate Specialist

-14

Specialty Doctor

27

Staff Grade

-2

Specialty Registrar

142

Core Training

-83

Foundation Doctor Year 2

9

Foundation Doctor Year 1

11

Hospital Practitioner / Clinical Assistant

-2

Other and Local HCHS Doctor Grades

-2

 

 

Nurses & health visitors

-1,049

Midwives

-21

Ambulance staff

92

Scientific, therapeutic & technical staff

-141

 

 

Support to clinical staff

-256

Support to doctors, nurses & midwives

-117

Support to ambulance staff

-114

Support to ST&T staff

-24

 

 

NHS infrastructure support

601

Central functions

-415

Hotel, property & estates

854

Senior managers

64

Managers

96

 

 

Other staff or those with unknown classification

-102

[2] www.paypinch.org

[3] GMB Reveals £11Billion Public Sector Unpaid Overtime Scandal

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Public services are held together by the devotion of overworked and underappreciated employees says GMB.

Read more: http://www.gmb.org.uk/newsroom/unpaid-overtime-scandal

Share this page
+1