- NHS data shows there were 30,613 unfilled vacancies in England in March 2017
- Of these, 38% were for nurses or midwives and 21% for administrative staff
- Overall vacancies are up from the 23,427 that were recorded in February 2015
Nurses, midwives and even admin staff are fleeing the NHS in their ‘droves’, official new figures suggest.
Vacancies in the health service have rocketed by 30 per cent in two years, as the staffing crisis continues to implode.
The statistics, collected by NHS Jobs, shows there were 30,613 unfilled vacancies across the board in England in March 2017.
While 1,049 nurses and health visitors fled the crisis-hit health service between March and April this year, data shows.
Experts have blamed the controversial public sector pay cap and an increased workload for the worrying statistics.
Kevin Brandstatter, GMB National Officer, said if nothing changes to address the trend, people are ‘bound to die’.
Vacancies in the health service have rocketed by 30 per cent in two years, as the staffing crisis continues to implode, figures show
‘They have to put food on the table’
He said: ‘It’s not surprising our dedicated NHS workers are leaving the profession in droves.
‘They have been hit by a real terms pay cut for the past seven years – their wage rises have been consistently lower than inflation.
‘Our NHS members love the work they do saving lives – but the bottom line is they have to put food on the table and buy clothes for their children.
‘Until the Government ends this cruel and unnecessary pay cap – the trend will continue. As many politicians have said – austerity is a political choice.
‘It’s a political choice which will lead to higher and higher staff shortages; with fewer and fewer staff to care for sick patients – patients are almost bound to die as a result.’