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NHS will need 190 000 more clinicians unless productivity improves, workforce plan warns

BMJ 2017; 359 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.j5791 (Published 14 December 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;359:j5791
  1. Abi Rimmer
  1. The BMJ

The NHS will need 190 000 more clinicians by 2027 unless demand is reduced through better productivity and service transformation, Health Education England (HEE) has said.

The organisation’s workforce strategy, published on 13 December,1 is its first to look more than five years ahead. The strategy says that HEE has worked out the likely future demand for NHS staff by looking at growth projections for the economy that were more accurate than previous estimates, based on employer needs, that had underestimated future demand.

“Our ten year forward look shows that if no action is taken to reduce demand through prevention or through better productivity and service transformation, the NHS will need to grow by 190 000 clinical posts by 2027 to meet demand,” HEE said.

To plan better for the future medical workforce HEE said that …

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