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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."


Contact: Kevin Brandstatter on 07813 207374 or GMB Press Office on 07958 156846 or at

Notes to Editors:


NHS employment headcount changes, March 2017 to April 2017





Professionally qualified clinical staff




HCHS doctors


Consultant (including Directors of Public Health)


Associate Specialist


Specialty Doctor


Staff Grade


Specialty Registrar


Core Training


Foundation Doctor Year 2


Foundation Doctor Year 1


Hospital Practitioner / Clinical Assistant


Other and Local HCHS Doctor Grades




Nurses & health visitors




Ambulance staff


Scientific, therapeutic & technical staff




Support to clinical staff


Support to doctors, nurses & midwives


Support to ambulance staff


Support to ST&T staff




NHS infrastructure support


Central functions


Hotel, property & estates


Senior managers






Other staff or those with unknown classification



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

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

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