According to recently-released data, the number of consultants, nurses, midwives, and ambulance service staff employed in the NHS in Wales have reached record heights.
The figures have been welcomed by Health Secretary, Vaughan Gething, who has stated that the increase is a clear demonstration of the Welsh government’s commitment to Wales’ National Health Service.
The statistics have indicated that there are now more than 90,000 people (headcount) employed by the NHS in Wales, up 1,880 (2.1 per cent) since 2016 – a record high. They also demonstrate that the total number of full-time equivalent (FTE) directly employed NHS staff increased by 1,629 (2.1 per cent) over the last year to 77,917, up from 76,288 in 2016.
The statistics also show that:
- The number of FTE hospital consultants was 2,466, up by 97 (4.1 per cent) from 2,369 in 2016 – a record high
- The number of FTE qualified nurses, midwives and health visitors was 22,612, up 134 (0.6 per cent) from 22,479 in 2016 – a record high
- The number of FTE ambulance staff was 2,084, up by 39 (1.9 per cent) from 2,045 in 2016 – a record high
- The number of FTE scientific, therapeutic and technical staff was 12,799 – up by 370 (3.0 per cent) from 12,429 since 2016 – a record high