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NHS is over-reliant on temporary staff, King’s Fund warns

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h2315 (Published 29 April 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h2315
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. 1London

The King’s Fund has warned that the NHS relies too much on agency staff, placing a high financial burden on organisations and risking reduced quality of care.

The healthcare think tank’s new report, Workforce Planning in the NHS,1 said that shortages and pressures in the NHS workforce could jeopardise plans outlined in the NHS’s Five Year Forward View, launched last October.2 The King’s Fund report criticised substantial gaps in the available data on workforce numbers and on measures of demand and workload, saying that this needs to be tackled urgently.

The report analysed figures from NHS Professionals, one of the main providers of …

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