Yorkshire NHS jobs cut by 4% since election, East and NW also down

The Yorkshire and the Humber region has lost more than 4% of its NHS jobs since the election, more than double the national rate, according to data published last week by the NHS Information Centre. The East of England and North West regions lost more than 3% of their NHS jobs.

With a couple of exceptions, the poorer areas of England lost more NHS jobs than average while richer regions lost fewer, between May 2010 and October 2012. Two NHS regions actually gained NHS jobs over this period: South East Coast, up 0.75%, and the North East (which has the most NHS jobs per resident of any region, with more than 24 full-time equivalent (FTE) health service staff per 1,000 residents), rising 0.53%. London and South Central reduced FTE staff numbers by less than 1%.

(Full time equivalent posts) NHS jobs May 2010 NHS jobs Oct 2012 Change %
Yorkshire and the Humber 115,253 110,758 -4,494 -4.1
East of England 95,647 92,683 -2,964 -3.2
North West 163,220 158,396 -4,824 -3.0
East Midlands 80,869 78,683 -2,185 -2.8
West Midlands 111,824 109,633 -2,191 -2.0
South West 101,126 99,160 -1,965 -2.0
ENGLAND 1,056,652 1,037,284 -19,368 -1.9
London 166,258 165,494 -764 -0.5
South Central 67,214 67,001 -213 -0.3
North East 63,734 64,070 336 0.5
South East Coast 72,118 72,664 546 0.8

The Information Centre has also published staff numbers for each NHS employer over this period. It’s more difficult to analyse, as there have been a large number of mergers over the last few years, with primary care trust staff community healthcare staff transferring to acute hospitals and mental health trusts. More recently, PCTs have been running themselves down in preparation for their abolition at the end of March.

However, a comparison of full-time equivalent posts at the big hospital trusts in Yorkshire and Humber in October 2011 (after community PCT staff were absorbed) and October 2012 shows many have been shrinking. Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals lost more than 4% of its staffing over the 12 months, Calderdale and Huddersfield 3%, Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospitals just under 3% and Sheffield Teaching Hospitals 1%. Leeds Teaching Hospitals was an exception, adding just over 1%.


The NHS Information Centre has also updated its all-England NHS jobs figures, graphed above (click to see a larger version) and in table form below. Many of the trends I noted in November continue – the numbers of doctors continues to climb, particularly consultants, with a rise of 8.6% in the latter since May 2010. Some trends seem to be changing: the number of nurses has bounced back, as have ambulance staffing numbers; and while the number of administrative staff continues to shrink, the drop in managerial jobs seems to have bottomed out. NHS managers were heximated between the election and April last year – in other words, one in six posts vanished – but since then the numbers have been pretty stable.

(Full time equivalent posts) NHS jobs May 2010 NHS jobs Oct 2012 Change  %
Doctors 97,729 103,346 5,617 5.7
inc. consultants 36,762 39,906 3,144 8.6
Nurses 310,793 307,545 -3,249 -1.0
Scientific, theraputic & technical 129,700 133,453 3,752 2.9
Ambulance 17,727 17,910 183 1.0
Clinical support 296,008 289,496 -6,512 -2.2
Administrative 204,695 185,535 -19,160 -9.4
inc. managers 42,267 35,533 -6,733 -15.9
TOTAL 1,056,652 1,037,284 -19,368 -1.8