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NHS Vacancies Shoot Up 25 Per Cent in 18 Months

Thursday, January 26, 2017

6,000 new vacancies in crisis-hit health service result of stress, pressure and low pay, union says.

The number of unfilled posts in the crisis-hit NHS has increased by a quarter in just 18 months, shocking new figures reveal.

According to stats publish by NHS Digital today [1] the number of vacancies across the health service has rocketed from 23,427 in February 2015 to 29,309 in September 2015 - the latest month for which figures are available.

That’s a huge jump of 25% in just 18 months.

GMB, the union for public sector workers, says the gaping staff black hole is the result of stress, increasing workloads and low pay.

GMB recently launched a campaign to stop the squeeze on public sector pay. [2]

Rehana Azam, GMB National Secretary for Public Services, said:

"This vast chasm in NHS staffing comes as no surprise.

"Our members are desperately trying to do the job they love - saving lives.

"But they face an ever increasing workload, targets that are impossible to meet with the resources they are given and trusts that seem more interested their own executives than those in the field.

"Add to that the fact their public sector wages have not risen in line with inflation – it’s no wonder they are leaving in their thousands.

“Theresa May needs to get a grip on this crisis and honour the Brexit pledge of an extra £350 million a week for NHS staff .”


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