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Financial strains must not jeopardise work of volunteers in NHS and social care

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f1595 (Published 14 March 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f1595
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. 1BMJ

Commissioners and service providers need to better plan the role of volunteers in both the health and social care sectors if they are to avoid alienating the swathes of people who provide their time for free and ease growing tensions with those in paid jobs, a report from a leading think tank has said.1

An estimated three million people in England volunteer in the NHS, health charities, and social care organisations—the same number in paid employment in the NHS and social care systems, says the report from the King’s Fund. …

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