NHS hires 1,300 more penpushers

Hospitals are employing more than 1,300 extra NHS managers than a year ago while nurse and GP numbers continue to fall.

In the past year the number of senior managers – typically starting on around £65,000 – increased by 7 per cent in England to 10,300, official figures show.

Middle management has also continued to rise – up 3.3 per cent since 2016 – while nursing lost more than 400 NHS staff.

It takes the total number of managers to 32,000, an increase of almost a quarter in four years.

Hospitals are employing more than 1,300 extra NHS managers than a year ago while nurse and GP numbers continue to fall (file photo)

The Royal College of Nursing described the rise as ‘galling’ when the number of nurses and health visitors had dropped by 0.2 per cent to 284,000.

Chief executive Janet Davies urged the Government to introduce new nursing grants to boost student numbers and fill the 40,000 current nurse vacancies.

‘On the same day we hear that public satisfaction with the NHS is falling due to staffing worries, these official figures show the number of nurses continuing to slide,’ she said.

‘It feels to front-line nursing staff that 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.’

And figures released earlier this month for GPs showed there were 742 fewer family doctors – 33,100 in total – a drop of 2.2 per cent since 2016. 

Overall, the NHS workforce increased by 1.5 per cent – or by

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