North Swindon MP Justin Tomlinson has welcomed news that nurse numbers have risen by more than 8,000 in the last year.
There has been an increase of 8,570 nurses over the last year, contributing towards the Government’s pledge to have 50,000 more nurses by 2025.
In addition to this, the latest UCAS statistics show that the number of nursing applicants to English universities has risen by 6% over the last year - with 35,960 applicants to nursing and midwifery courses at English universities in 2020.
Since 2010 there are 20,000 more doctors, 18,500 nurses and 4,900 more paramedics, with the Government aiming to increase these figures further.
Justin Tomlinson said: “This is excellent news - I am very proud of the work the Government is doing to increase staff numbers in the NHS. Today’s figures show that the Government’s efforts have been successful, and I am encouraged that our goal of 50,000 nurses by 2025 is progressing well.”