Figures for NHS England suggest that more than 86,000 NHS posts were vacant between January 2017 and March 2017.
Statistics from NHS Digital, which collates data, shows the number of vacancies climbed by almost 8,000 compared to the same period in 2016. The data includes job adverts published on the NHS Jobs website between February 2015 and March 2017.
Nurses and midwives accounted for the highest proportion of shortages, with 11,400 vacant posts in March 2017. The latest figures suggest in March 2017 alone there were 30,613 full-time equivalent vacancies advertised on the NHS Jobs website – the highest total for a month since this type of data was first collected in February 2015. And nursing and midwifery vacancies have topped the list since these figures have been collated.
The Department of Health said staffing was a priority and that more money was being invested in frontline staff.
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