High numbers of vacancies exist on NHS boards, survey shows

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: (Published 11 December 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g7563
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. 1London

A third of NHS providers in England have at least one board level position that is not permanently filled, and the worst performing trusts having the most difficulty recruiting executives, research by the King’s Fund has shown.

The report, Leadership Vacancies in the NHS, said that these high numbers of vacancies can negatively affect organisations—damaging staff morale, causing strategic instability, wasting financial resources, and affecting patient care.1

The survey found that 31% of acute trusts, 38% of mental …

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