In today's PMQs David Cameron said the number of clinical staff in the NHS "had gone up".
By both a measurement of the number of clinical staff in the NHS (by headcount and 'full time equivalent') you can clearly see that there are less clinical staff in the NHS as of January 2012 than it was 1 year previous. This by any measurement shows that the number of clinical staff has fallen. It is a source of great pity that we do not have the figures for February, March, April and this month. You can be sure that the number has fallen again as this is notoriously a time when jobs are axed (that is out of winter season). In addition, the focus solely upon clinical staff is wrong. The NHS workforce as a whole should not be split up in this way. When it comes to lowering MRSA & C-Dif infections, the role of non-clinical staff including cleaners can be just as important. And if you look at the numbers of those staff, you can see that the staff are falling across the board. (see below)