Get the facts: NHS staff

22 July 2020

Mirror claims NHS staff work 11 hours unpaid overtime on average but it’s probably more like two hours

NHS staff survey data suggests the average respondent in 2019 worked around two hours unpaid overtime. Even this should be taken with a pinch of salt.

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Mirror claims NHS staff work 11 hours unpaid overtime on average but it’s probably more like two hours
10 July 2020

Increase in doctors and nurses does not include Covid-19 returners

Rises in the number of full-time doctors and nurses in the NHS do not include staff members who returned to help during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Increase in doctors and nurses does not include Covid-19 returners
20 May 2020

Nurse pay up over the past few years but down on 2010

Matt Hancock claimed nurse salaries had risen significantly in recent years. These increases don’t counterbalance falls in real terms pay over the past decade.

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Nurse pay up over the past few years but down on 2010
14 April 2020

Claim that Conservatives voted against a nurse pay rise needs some context

In 2017 the Conservatives voted against a Labour amendment aiming to end the public sector pay rise cap, before ending it themselves anyway for the next financial year.

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Claim that Conservatives voted against a nurse pay rise needs some context
5 February 2020

The Royal College of Nursing hasn’t told nurses to call women by gender-neutral terms

The Royal College of Nursing’s style guide recommended using the word “women” instead of “ladies”. This is for official RCN documentation and not advice to nurses.

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The Royal College of Nursing hasn’t told nurses to call women by gender-neutral terms
9 December 2019

What is the total number of vacancies in the NHS for medical and support staff?

This article is part of our Ask Full Fact series on the 2019 general election, answering your questions about the election, from claims the main parties are making to what …

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What is the total number of vacancies in the NHS for medical and support staff?
2 December 2019

UK has one of the highest levels of foreign-born doctors and nurses in the EU

A Telegraph columnist’s comments exaggerate by claiming the UK is the only EU country with a health service heavily dependent on foreign staff.

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UK has one of the highest levels of foreign-born doctors and nurses in the EU
20 November 2019

Lib Dem claims about EU health workers and the NHS are generally true

It is true that tens of thousands of NHS staff are from other EU countries, and that other EU nursing numbers have noticeably dropped.

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Lib Dem claims about EU health workers and the NHS are generally true
1 November 2019

Claim about social care spending and nurse numbers needs more context

Just under 97,000 nurses voluntarily resigned from the NHS in England between 2010 and 2018. Overall the number of nurses working in the NHS is higher than in 2010.

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Claim about social care spending and nurse numbers needs more context
13 May 2019

GP numbers: up or down?

Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn clashed over the trend in GP numbers at PMQs, but they were talking about different things.

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GP numbers: up or down?

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