THE NHS now employs a record 1.67million staff — one in every 20 UK workers — after a new hiring spree.
Job figures yesterday revealed public sector employment is rising at the fastest rate for a decade.
Alamy The NHS now employs a record 1.67million staff — one in every 20 UK workers
Astonishing job figures yesterday revealed public sector employment is rising at the fastest rate for a decade
And NHS employee numbers were up 32,000 in December on the previous year.
It is already thought to be the fifth largest employer in the world — behind only the US Department of Defense, the People’s Liberation Army of China, Walmart and McDonald’s.
The number of doctors in England rose by nearly three per cent in November, while ambulance staff jumped 3.9 per cent and managers 6.2 per cent, the Office for National Statistics showed.
But the rise sparked fresh concern NHS Trusts will use PM Theresa May’s £20billion NHS cash bonanza to hire more staff and boost pay rather than invest in more modern healthcare.
James Roberts, of the Tax- Payers’ Alliance, said: “Taxpayers will feel a little queasy about forking out for record hires in the health service.
“Big bloated bodies rarely get the best value for money. The Government should focus on using new technologies to secure better services for patients.”
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NHS staff numbers fell by 57,000 to 1.5million from 2010 to 2012 under the austerity programme put in place by ex-PM David Cameron. But they have crept back up ever since.
NHS England last night said: “NHS staff productivity has been growing three times faster than the rest of the UK economy, and admin costs are amongst the lowest in Europe — under half that of the French or German health service.
“And new international figures show we’ve achieved the biggest drop in breast cancer deaths.”
Mr Roberts says the Government ‘should focus on using new technologies to secure better services for patients’
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