Figures released today by NHS Digital show there were 86,055 advertised full-time vacancies in the NHS in the first quarter of 2017 compared with 78,112 in the same period last year (NHS Digital).
In addition, figures for NHS England show that, in March, there were 30,613 vacant full-time equivalent positions advertised, compared to 26,424 in the same month in 2016.
Commenting on the data, Dr Mark Holland, president of the Society for Acute Medicine, said:
“These figures highlight the desperate situation we face in recruitment in the NHS and is a culmination of neglect from the government in a number of areas.
“Removing the pay cap on NHS staff, particularly the lowest paid, is long overdue, while the extra pressure on overworked frontline staff to meet targets must be eased.
“This data shows it is high time we saw steps taken to stop disincentivising staff – salaries must be fair, working conditions must be safe and sustainable and clear career pathways must be in place.”