Latest vacancy figures more evidence NHS teams under intolerable strain

Nick Ville

Responding to the latest NHS vacancy statistics published by NHS Digital, Nick Ville, director of membership and policy at the NHS Confederation, said: “This is yet more evidence that teams across the NHS are under intolerable strain, with 105,518 full-time equivalent vacancies in England for the second quarter of 2019/20, including 43,593 vacant nursing posts.
“Workforce is the number one concern among health leaders, and it’s not hard to see why. There has been commendable commitment from them to recruit and retain staff, but the NHS will need support from the incoming government to improve what is rapidly becoming a dire situation.”

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