NHS facts

NHS facts

Did you know?

  • The NHS in England treats more than 1.4 million patients every 24 hours.
  • The NHS is one of the largest employers in the world, along with the Chinese People’s Liberation Army, the Indian railways and the Wal-Mart supermarket chain.
  • The NHS in England is expected to spend £126 billion in 2018/19
  • There are more than 7,400 GP practices in England
  • In March 2017, the NHS employed 106,430 doctors, 285,893 nurses and health visitors, 21,597 midwives, 132,673 scientific, therapeutic and technical staff (across England’s hospital and community healthcare services (full-time equivalent))
  • There are more than 100 volunteering roles within health and social care
  • There were 16 million total hospital admissions in England in 2015/16, 28 per cent more than a decade earlier
  • The total annual attendances at England’s accident and emergency departments was 23 million in 2016/17, 23.5 per cent higher than a decade earlier
  • In comparison with the healthcare systems of ten other countries (Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland and USA) the NHS was found to be the most impressive overall by the Commonwealth Fund in 2017.

For more facts, figures and statistics, take a look at the NHS Confederation’s website.

Test your knowledge

Do you know how much the NHS has changed since its birth?  See how accurately you can complete these charts.

The NHS in Numbers

This animation takes a look at statistics illustrating how the National Health Service has changed over the past 70 years: