• According to new data, at least 1 in 25 NHS jobs in Thames Valley is vacant - the highest figure in the country, Get Reading reports.

    The NHS employed over one million people in England in March, which is 2% more than the previous year.

    The NHS in Thames Valley has grown, employing with an equivalent of 433 more people full-time in March 2017 than it did in March 2016.

    The new data which includes both frontline doctors, nurses and support staff shows the following about Thames Valley:

    • The equivalent of 34,281 people were working full-time in the NHS in Thames Valley in March
    • A full-strength NHS in the region would have at least 35,736 staff and at least 4.1% of posts were vacant
    • Monthly data on vacancies has been published on its current staff going back to February 2015 and this figure is the joint-second highest on record
    • This data has fluctuated between 3.0 per cent (one in 34) and 4.1 percent (one in 24) since 2015
    • Real vacancy could be higher because, at times, the NHS advertises many jobs in the same advert

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