Posted by Richard Willett - Memes and headline comments by David Icke Posted on 12 March 2024

NHS Crisis: Doctor Numbers Up 37% and Support Staff Up 45% in 10 Years – How Does the NHS Do So Little With So Much?

It used to be that our beloved NHS was in crisis every winter. But now the NHS seems to be permanently in crisis. And every year we’re told the NHS needs ever more of our money and ever more staff. In this week’s budget it was handed another few billion which will no doubt disappear down the massive toilet of waste and profligacy that is our national healthcare service.

I realise we have had the pandemic and then seemingly endless strikes by doctors and others. But the NHS’s problems started long before the pandemic and the strikes.

Last week the Office for National Statistics (ONS) released data showing the number of staff by main work categories for each of the constituent parts of the U.K. – England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. (These figures are expressed as FTEs – full-time equivalents – so this takes account of people who may be working part-time.)

As each of the countries classes NHS employees in slightly different ways, it’s difficult to get reliable total NHS employee figures for the whole U.K. However, if we just look at the largest part of the NHS – NHS England – we can get a reasonable idea of what’s going on. Here’s a summary chart produced by the ONS:

Now let’s look at the numbers:

  • The number of doctors increased by 37,467 (up 37%) from 101,137 in 2013 to 138,604 by 2023.
  • The number of nurses and midwives increased by 68,063 (up 23%) from 295,163 in 2013 to 363,226 in 2023.
  • The number of scientific staff increased by 42,938 (up 13%) from 123,912 in 2013 to 166,850 in 2023.
  • The number of support staff increased by 125,510 (up 45%) from 279,579 in 2013 to 405,089 in 2023.
  • The number of infrastructure staff increased by 62,758 (up 41%) from 152,437 in 2013 to 215,195 in 2023.
  • The number of ambulance staff increased by just 1,721 (up 10%) from 17,537 in 2013 to 19,258 in 2023.

Here are just a few things you might have noticed:

  • The total number of staff increased by 338,4577 (35%) from 969,765 in 2013 to 1,308,222 in 2023.
  • The largest increases were in non-medical staff, with support staff shooting up by 45% and infrastructure staff rising by 41%.

Read More: NHS Crisis: Doctor Numbers Up 37% and Support Staff Up 45% in 10 Years – How Does the NHS Do So Little With So Much?

The Dream

From our advertisers