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Health Professions: Vacancies

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN 106730, tabled on 18 January 2022

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many vacant (a) nurse, (b) doctor and (c) GP positions there are in (i) Coventry, (ii) the West Midlands and (iii) England.

Answered on

25 January 2022

NHS England and NHS Improvement collect vacancy data for three staff groups: doctors, registered nurses, and ‘other staff’. These vacancy statistics are published by NHS Digital for England and at the regional level. The latest data as of September 2021 shows 39,813 registered nursing vacancies and 8,333 medical vacancies in England, full time equivalent (FTE). Data for the West Midlands is not available. However, in the Midlands area as of September 2021 there were 7,897 registered nursing vacancies and 2,102 medical vacancies, FTE. Many of the vacancies will be covered by bank and agency staff. The data requested on vacant general practitioner positions in these areas is not collected centrally.