All NHS jobs to go on one website

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Every job vacancy in the NHS, from a porter's post to a brain surgeon's, is to be advertised on one website. Ministers hope the recruitment site will help to fill posts more quickly and make it easier for staff to apply for promotion.

Every job vacancy in the NHS, from a porter's post to a brain surgeon's, is to be advertised on one website. Ministers hope the recruitment site will help to fill posts more quickly and make it easier for staff to apply for promotion.

Adverts inviting companies to bid for the right to set up and run the site will appear next week, and it is expected to be up and running by early 2001.

The NHS plan, published last month, pledged to recruit an extra 20,000 nurses, 7,500 consultants and 6,750 other health professionals by 2005. But thousands of jobs, especially nursing posts, are unfilled.

The NHS is the largest employer in Europe, with more than one million staff. It spends £30m a year on advertising jobs, including a £5m nurse recruitment campaign.

The Health Minister Lord Hunt said: "The internet is now a major tool used by an increasing number of employers to recruit the best staff. The NHS must follow suit if it is to retain and recruit the highly skilled, dedicated staff it needs to take forward the radical reforms set out in the NHS Plan.

"Staff in even the smallest rural trust or GP's surgery will be able to see all available posts throughout the NHS, encouraging them to apply for jobs or promotion they might not have known existed."

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