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NHS staffing crisis in England getting worse, official figures show

The NHS is facing a deepening staffing crisis as hospitals report growing shortages of doctors, nurses, midwives and therapists, official figures have revealed.

Vacancies across the NHS in England for those key groups of health professionals are running at the highest level since records began three years ago, according to NHS Digital statistics.

NHS care providers, mainly hospital trusts, tried to recruit 69,408 nurses and midwives in the six months between October 2017 and March this year, the latest NHS vacancy figures show. That was up on the 64,127 for the same six-month period in 2016-17 and a big increase on the 57,964 in the same six months in 2015-16.

Similarly, the number of vacancies for doctors and dentists has risen from 18,105 between October 2015 and March 2016 to 20,339 in the same six months in 2017-18.

Read more in The Guardian.

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