The NHS lost 445 nurses in the last recorded month (July), meaning that there are now 5,890 fewer nurses than there were in May 2010, according to figures released today by the NHS Information Centre.
In May 2010 there were 281,431 full-time Equivalent (FTE) qualified nurses working in the NHS. Today’s figures show that this has fallen to 275,541, with July’s decline making up 7.5 per cent of the total fall.
Commenting on the figures, Labour’s shadow health minister Jamie Reed MP said that the NHS could not continue to take nursing cuts on this scale.
“Today’s figures show that David Cameron is ignoring these warnings and allowing hospitals across England to operate without safe staffing levels,” he added.
“On David Cameron’s watch, the NHS has now lost almost six thousand nurses and A&Es across England have struggled to cope. He has given six-figure pay-offs to managers and P45s for nurses.”