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Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered at on 22 April 2024.

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Photo of Baroness Gale Baroness Gale Labour

To ask His Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the impact of the NHS long-term workforce plan upon the number of specialists such as Parkinson’s nurses in the NHS.

Photo of Lord Markham Lord Markham The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

In June 2023, we published the Long Term Workforce Plan which sets out the steps the National Health Service and its partners need to take to deliver an NHS workforce that meets the changing needs of the population over the next 15 years.

The Plan commits to double the number of medical places, taking the total number of places to 15,000 by 2031/32 and including a commensurate increase in specialty training places that meets the demands of the NHS in the future. It also commits to increasing adult nursing places by 92%, taking the number of total places up to nearly 38,000 by 2031/32.

There are a record number of nurses working in the NHS and we have reached our target of 50,000 additional nurses, meaning we have delivered on our commitment six months early. In January 2024 there are over 363,000 nurses working across the NHS, representing over 62,000 more than in September 2019.

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