The issue has also led to ward and A&E closures and caused operations to be cancelled
CHRONIC understaffing in the NHS means some trusts have more than 1,000 vacancies — many advertised for years, figures show.
It has led to ward and A&E closures, caused operations to be cancelled and risks patient safety.
An FoI request by ITV News found Barts Health NHS Trust alone, in East London, has 1,732 vacancies — more than any other.
But Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said: “You can’t magic up nurses. They need to be trained.”
University Hospitals Coventry & Warwickshire NHS Trust has over 1,042 unfilled posts, while at Central Manchester University Hospitals there are 965.
The Belfast Trust, which manages eight of the city’s hospitals, has 1,236 vacancies, with one role first advertised over a year and a half ago.
North Cumbria has 48 vacant roles for consultants; East & North Hertfordshire has 23; while Calderdale & Huddersfield has 44.
And some hospitals reported worrying gaps in their intensive care units, such as Epsom and St Helier where there are 36 posts empty. Basildon & Thurrock has 20 ICU vacancies.
Derby Teaching Hospitals said 44 of its vacant nursing roles and 12 consultant roles were first advertised at least six months ago.
At some hospitals, especially in more rural locations, crucial roles have gone unfilled for years.
Both Northern Devon Healthcare and Yeovil have vacant posts that were first advertised over two years ago.