YORKSHIRE hospitals have got fewer staff.
According to figures released yesterday, the number of health professionals working in Yorkshire and the Humber has fallen by 2.5%.
In October 2010, the number of staff working for the NHS in the region was 115,243 but in 12 months it reduced to 112,668.
The breakdown, which has come from the NHS Information centre, is based on the full-time equivalent.
During the same time period, 9,407 or 7.4% of the total staff working under the Yorkshire and the Humber Strategic Health Authority left yet only 6,283 or 4.9% joined.
One of the largest areas hit was qualified nursing, midwifery and health visitors – which saw 2,347 leave in a year and only 1,796 join.
However, the amount of health care and health service doctors, which excludes locums and trainees, increased, with 397 leaving and 463 joining.
Infrastructure support has decreased by 1,217 in a year and clinical support staff has also decreased by 1,012.