One in ten of area’s NHS jobs go unfilled

A total of 18,538 NHS vacancies in the South East were unfilled at the end of June, new figures show.

Across the region there were 132,139 full-time equivalent (FTE) vacancies in the health service, up sharply from 105,855 at the end of March, according to data from NHS Digital – the highest number on record.

In the South East, 10 per cent of all NHS vacancies went unfilled in June – the highest number outside London.

Among the region’s NHS departments, the highest unfilled vacancies were in Acute Care with 12,178 vacancies (9.3 per cent), Ambulance workers 1,139 (12.1 per cent) and mental health 4,095 (13.6 per cent).

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