Government figures show rapid increase in NHS staff

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: (Published 25 March 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:729
  1. Owen Dyer
  1. London

    The NHS in England and Wales has seen a year of record growth in staff numbers, according to statistics released last week. The latest figures show that in September 2003 the NHS had recruited an extra 18 800 nurses, 5600 doctors, and 2500 allied health professionals over the previous 12 months.

    The NHS chief executive, Nigel Crisp, said: “There are now 1 282 900 people in England working in the NHS. Almost exactly …

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