Government remains on track to deliver promise of 50,000 more nurses by 2024

At the last election the Conservatives promised to deliver a relative improvement of 50,000 in the number of nurses in the NHS - 32,000 by new recruitment and 18,000 by improving retention.

Latest figures show that we are still on track to deliver this. NHS Digital numbers released yesterday show there are record numbers of doctors and nurses working in the NHS in England, easing pressure over winter by delivering extra appointments, speeding up diagnoses and busting the Covid backlog. 

  • We are committed to delivering a properly funded health service with a strong workforce, providing quality care for everyone who needs it. 
  • In support of that objective the NHS has recruited almost 4,700 more doctors and over 10,500 more nurses since October 2021 – which means there are now more than 35,300 more doctors and over 47,100 more nurses working in the NHS than in 2010. 
  • We are delivering on our NHS Long Term Plan – and remain on track to deliver on our manifesto commitment to 50,000 more nurses by 2024 as we work to tackle the Covid backlogs and improve patient outcomes. 

The government remains on track to deliver on its commitment to recruit 50,000 more nurses by 2024, with over 36,000 more nurses in October 2022 compared with September 2019.

In the Autumn Statement the government committed to publishing a comprehensive workforce strategy this year to help recruit and retain more staff, with independently verified forecasts for the number of doctors, nurses and other professionals that will be needed in 5, 10 and 15 years’ time.

Health minister Will Quince MP said:

"Growing the workforce is one of my immediate priorities and we are making significant progress in training and recruiting a record number of staff - with over 42,000 more people working in the NHS compared with a year ago - and we are well on track to deliver on our commitment to recruit 50,000 more nurses.

Thanks to these dedicated staff we're building a stronger, healthier NHS for the long term and we will publish a workforce plan this year to recruit and retain more staff and make the NHS the best place to work."


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