Report highlights NHS recruitment issues in York

A recent report by MPs has highlighted staffing issues the York and Scarborough NHS Trust. They say that the Government must tackle “the greatest workforce crisis in history in the NHS” as it deals with the aftereffects of the coronavirus pandemic.

The latest figures from NHS Digital show there were the equivalent of 856 full-time doctors as of April at York and Scarborough Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

This was up from 840 last year and 692 in April 2016 – when comparable figures for all professions began – equating to a rise of 24% over the last six years.

There ​were 156 midwives​ in April – down from 164 last year.

The figures also show there were 1,824 nurses and health visitors at York and Scarborough Teaching Hospitals Trust in April. This is up from 1,735 last year and 1,729 at the start of the pandemic.

At York and Scarborough Teaching Hospitals Trust, 7% of full-time staff days were lost due to sickness absence in March. In March 2019, the rate stood at 4.1%.

In the North East and Yorkshire, there were 13,257 total vacancies as of 31 March – up from 8,075 a year earlier – including 4,774 for nurses.

The workforce figures, which provide a snapshot overview, do not account for the number of health care workers who joined and left the NHS in between counts, nor do they indicate how staffing levels compare to demand for services.

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