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NHS senior managers in trusts and CCGs increase by 7% since 2016

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3 March 2018

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The number of senior NHS managers in trusts and CCGs has grown by over 7% since 2016, according to the latest Government statistics.

The number of senior NHS managers in trusts and CCGs has grown by over 7% since 2016, according to the latest Government statistics.

Senior managers stood at 10,300 full-time equivalent (FTE) as of September 2017, an increase of 676 since 2016. 

However, nursing numbers continued to fall, dropping by 435 (0.2%) in trusts and CCGs only since 2016, a report published by NHS Digital on 28 February revealed.

Meanwhile, the number of NHS managers increased by 687 (3.3%) in trusts and CCGs only, for a total of 21,700 FTE managers.

The NHS currently employs 284,000 full time equivalent (FTE) nurses in trusts and CCGs only but the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) pointed out that there are around 40,000 nurse vacancies in England alone.

The NHS has a staggering 100,000 full-time vacancies across all departments, according to data released by the NHS Improvement quarter three (2017/18) report.

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has been approached for comment.

Snapshot – NHS workforce in numbers:

  • Nurses: 0.2% (435) down since 2016 (in trusts and CCGs only);
  • Managers: 3.3% (687) up since 2016 (in trusts and CCGs only);
  • Senior managers: 7% (676) up since 2016 (in trusts and CCGs only).

‘Mismanagement of workforce’

Commenting on NHS Digital findings, Labour’s Shadow Health Secretary Jonathan Ashworth said: ‘Once again we see the dramatic mismanagement of the NHS workforce under this Government.

‘We urgently need a sustainable strategy from the Government that gets the right numbers of staff into all parts of the NHS to keep patients safe.’

Nurses ‘easy target for cuts’

RCN chief executive and general secretary Janet Davies argued that the latest statistics were a worrying sign.

She called on the Government to boost the pay of current staff and release new grants to encourage students to get into nursing.

She said: ‘It feels to frontline nursing staff that, in a cash-strapped NHS, they have become an easy target for cuts. It will be galling when they see senior management burgeoning too – now officially the fastest growing part of the NHS.

‘Against a backdrop of modest boosts to medical professions – in a bid to keep pace with soaring demand – nursing is shrinking. All the while, nurses are responsible for the vast majority of hands-on patient care – standards rise and fall with the number of nurses.’

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