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NHS workforce expands last year

28th March 2014

The NHS increased the size of its workforce in 2013, according new figures from the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC).

More than 1.36 million people were working for the NHS in England at the end of September last year, which is an increase of 0.4 percent on 2012 numbers and a rise of 12.5 percent – a total of 151,580 staff – since 2003.

The HSCIC census show a decrease in the number of GPs, with the service having 29 fewer doctors last year compared to 2012. 

When the figures were collated in September, there were 40,240 doctors working for the NHS, of which 20,440 of them were female, an increase of 2.9 percent (570 GPs) since 2012. It marks the first time the number of female doctors has been greater than their male counterparts. 

HSCIC chair Kingsley Manning said: "There has also been a rise in professionally qualified clinical staff numbers which now stands at 692,160, the highest they have been within the last ten years."ADNFCR-8000103-ID-801707577-ADNFCR

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