More doctors and nurses

Figures released this week show that the number of doctors and nurses working in the NHS across England is at a record high – we are on track to fulfil the Conservative `manifesto pledge of to increase the number of nurses by 50,000 - partly by more recruitment, partly by increased retention - during the course of this Parliament.

  • Our incredible doctors and nurses have been at the forefront of our response to this pandemic, and over the past 12 months, have confirmed what we already knew – that our NHS and its staff deliver the best care in the world. 
  • We are delighted to see there are more doctors and nurses working in the NHS than ever before, with over 123,000 doctors and 301,000 nurses across England, representing an increase of almost 6,600 more doctors and over 10,900 more nurses than last year; while applications to study nursing have risen by 34 per cent in the same period. 
  • As we slowly emerge from the pandemic, our expanding NHS workforce will help provide the world-class care patients deserve and continue to deliver the life-saving vaccines that will secure our path back to normality.


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