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Future gaps in workforce pose an impending crisis for the NHS, report warns

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f4696 (Published 25 July 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f4696
  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. 1BMJ

The NHS is facing a workforce crisis unless urgent action is taken to tackle impending staff shortages and shift the deployment of training resources, health policy experts have warned.

A report by health think tank the King’s Fund1said that the current NHS workforce was ill equipped to meet the future challenges of an ageing population with more complex needs, and warned of a mismatch between the supply and skills of different parts of the workforce and the needs of those using the service.

The paper argued that the impending shortages of general practitioners and nurses will run contrary to the need for more community based care. And while there is a forecasted oversupply of hospital …

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