NHS nurse shortages ‘to last another four years’ | Society | The Guardian

A senior health official has admitted there will be a shortage of nurses in the NHS for another four years after figures revealed that thousands of posts for and nurses have not been filled.


The escalating NHS recruitment crisis is forcing more than two-thirds of trusts to look to migrants to fill vacancies, according to figures released after a freedom of information request by the BBC.


The figures showed that in December 2015, the NHS in England, Wales and Northern Ireland had more than 23,443 vacant nursing posts and 6,207 vacancies for doctors.


That equates to a vacancy rate of 7% for doctors and 10% for nurses compared with an average vacancy rate of 2.7% for the general economy as assessed by the Office for National Statistics.


— johannmalawana (@johannmalawana) February 29, 2016 Impossible to ignore the staffing crisis in the NHS. The government attacking the staff isn’t the solution https://t.co/SOK28xCbsN



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