According to the NHS Workforce Census 2007, published last week, there are 1,262 more nurses, 624 more midwives and 2,033 doctors working in the health service than the previous year. There were, however, 252 fewer managers.
Health minister Ann Keen said: ‘There has been a tiny reduction of less than 1% in the overall NHS workforce. However, this should be seen in the context of a 26% increase in the number of staff since 1997 – 272,000 more than a decade ago.
‘Of course, where more staff are needed we will recruit them. Just last month we committed to recruiting 4,000 extra midwives by 2012 to keep pace with a rising birth rate and ensure the best possible care for mothers and their babies,’ she said.