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NHS workforce planning is in disarray, MPs warn

BMJ 2016; 353 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i2664 (Published 10 May 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;353:i2664
  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. The BMJ

MPs have urged the government to review levels of NHS clinical staffing in England after they found that there had been “no coherent attempt” to assess the headcount implications of the government’s proposal for seven day services.

In a new report published on Wednesday 11 May the House of Commons Committee of Public Accounts raised serious concerns about the NHS workforce with regards to supply, budgeting, agency costs, and leadership.1

The committee said that the Department of Health and other national bodies had failed to provide effective support to tackle current and future workforce pressures, and it urged them “to get a better grip” on the supply of medical and nursing staff.

The report criticised the health department for failing to provide separate costing for seven day services and other major policy initiatives and questioned whether the extra £10bn (€12.7bn; $14.4bn) in …

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