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NHS has 100,000 vacancies

One in every 11 NHS posts in England is currently unfilled, which regulators claim has contributed to one of the most challenging winter periods in NHS history.


NHS Improvement’s quarterly performance report for the three months to December revealed there are around 100,000 vacancies in England.

The regulator said the staff shortage impacted on attempts to keep up with demand as 5.6m people visited A&E.

The number is 250,000 higher than the same period the previous year.

Saffron Cordery of NHS Providers said: “Despite working at full stretch with around 100,000 vacancies and a real risk of staff burnout, and despite treating 6% more emergency patients year on year in December, trusts cannot close the gap between what they are being asked to deliver and the funding available.” 

Downing Street and NHS leaders said planning for winter was the best ever and NHS Improvement said activity had been “higher than planned”.

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