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Nearly 10,000 more nurses compared to last year

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The number of nurses in the NHS has increased by 9398 and the number of doctors has risen by 5188 compared to this time last year, figures published by NHS England show.

In addition to this, as part of the ‘Your NHS Needs You’ recruitment drive, 15,266 former professionals in England have so far come forward to help the NHS tackle COVID-19 and will start being deployed from this weekend. This includes 5117 doctors, 5605 nurses and midwives and 3686 allied health professionals and pharmacists.

‘We are more indebted than ever to the staff of the NHS,’ said Health Secretary Matt Hancock.

‘We go into this crisis with the NHS bigger than ever before, with more than 9,000 nurses compared to last year alone. I’m so proud that since our rallying call, 38,000 more people will join or return to the NHS as health and care workers on the frontline fighting COVID-19.’

From next week 5750 final year medics and 17,000 final year nursing students in England will also be asked to consider moving into frontline placements, with appropriate support. This means in total over 38,000 more people will join the NHS in the coming weeks, alongside over 560,000 volunteers who have signed up as part of the new NHS volunteer group helping vulnerable people stay safe and well at home. Since 2010, there are over 20,200 more doctors in the NHS and almost 23,000 more nurses working on wards.

‘Our NHS is facing an unprecedented challenge and I pay tribute to each and every one of them helping battle this virus,’ added Mr Hancock.

‘The entire country is grateful but we must help them too. That’s why we are telling everyone to stay at home, protect the NHS and save lives.’

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This piece of reporting makes my blood boil. It has given the government a platform from which they continue to insist they have recruited more medical staff and therefore we should be pleased with their performance..I think the reason for this increase in numbers is very worrying i.e putting final year student nurses and doctors on the front line. That's not increasing numbers it's fudging numbers which this government are very good at. We then have people coming out of retirement, an extremely generous decision for them to make, but this is a temporary measure not an increase in long term numbers. Both of these actions bring with them concerns. Clinical students who have not completed their training. Who is going to monitor their work and support them? There isn't enough support for clinicians in the NHS as it is. The returners, how long have they been out of practice, have they kept up their registration or equivalent. Are they.up to date with current policies and procedures? If not in what capacity are they going to work, will they be safe practitioners? However, the epicentre of my boiling blood is that already this government is failing existing staff. Last week I saw patients without adequate PPE, on Sunday in the early hours I woke with a raging temperature, 39.4, pounding head, burning lungs and throat, extremely tender skin and joints and feeling more ill than I can ever remember. The spiking temperature continued until this morning, peaking at 39.7 on Monday evening, today remarkably down to a manageable 38 this morning and better still 37.6 this evening. From this I assume I have contracted COVID-19 however I am unable to access a test to see if that is the case. Strangely members of the cabinet have accessed the test yet are not frontline healthcare workers. My husband is now ill, me going into self-isolation must have been just a little too late to prevent him from being exposed to it. I have worked in the NHS for 42years and have given it my all. To read such platitudes from Hancock as ’we are more indebted to NHS staff than ever’ really starts to make me feel nauseated. I have watched the NHS disintegrate over the last 10yrs because this government have cut it to the bone and now this crisis, which they were warned about but delayed acting on because they were, yet again trying to save money, has decimated it. Please save your soothing words, they will not bring back the medics who have died as a consequence of yet more arrogance and ignorance on the part of Johnson and his merry men. It would appear I am to be one of the lucky ones who is going to hopefully make a full recovery following which I will go back to work no doubt to have to witness other colleagues dropping off as they too succumb to this virus. This takes us out of practice which consequently further depletes numbers. All this could have been avoided by providing adequate, fit for purpose PPE. I for one feel this government have nothing to be proud of so please refrain from writing stories which seem, to me, to be suggesting we should be grateful to them for this whole debacle.
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