NHS management number drop but overall staff increases

Statistics released yesterday by the NHS Information Centre shows that the number of managers and senior managers employed by the NHS decreased in the past year to September 2010.

Managers and senior managers total numbers have decreased by 6.2 % since 2009. However, since 2000 this figure has shown an increase of 66.1 % – an average annual increase of 5.2%

As of 30th September 2010, there were nearly 1.5 million people (including bank) working for the NHS, an increase of 0.7% on the previous year.

The publication covers hospital, community, general and personal medical services.

This is an interesting development and this trend looks almost certain to continue as the government looks at ways to improve service levels in the NHS and to decrease bureaucracy.