Almost 1.3 million people — or the combined populations of Birmingham and Coventry — work for the NHS, which is one of the world’s biggest employers.
Since 1997, the number of NHS staff has risen by nearly 230,000, with a record 59,000 people — enough to fill Old Trafford football stadium — joining last year alone.
According to the latest workforce census, the NHS employs 386,400 nurses — matching the entire population of Edinburgh — 109,000 doctors and 122,100 scientists and other therapists.
An extra 18,800 nurses were employed in 2003, up 5.1 per cent on the previous year, and there were 5,600 more doctors — an increase of 5.5 per cent. Although the number of managers rose by a relatively modest 3,000, this amounted to a 9.4 per cent increase in a year — almost double the growth rate in nurses’ numbers.
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Obamacare = JOBS!
Now I get Obamacare!! I heard EU MP (HT Laura!) Daniel Hannan say this the other night in an interview: "The British healthcare system, NHS, is the THIRD LARGEST EMPLOYER in the WORLD." Of course he said it with that cool British accent. He went on to say that only the Chinese Army and the Indian Railroad system employed more people. "Naaaah, that can't be right," says I. Nope, it's true. Here's a link to the piece in the UK Times Online headlined: "NHS is World's Biggest Employer after Indian Rail and Chinese Army." This from the article:
Absorb this for a moment folks - they have MORE people working in their healthcare system than almost anywhere else on earth and they still have abysmal waits, lack of care and dreadful survival rates. But then I got it! Obama's healthcare plan is not about healthcare, it's about job creation! At last I understand!
NHS workers await patients for treatment.
OK, kidding aside - is this what we want to do to our country? Is this what we want to do to the most innovative and effective medical system in the world? I think not and the increasing majority of Americans think not too.