Ageing workforce will exacerbate NHS staffing crisis

BMJ 2002; 325 doi: (Published 14 December 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;325:1382
  1. Caroline White
  1. London

The staffing crisis in the UK health service is set to deepen, unless serious attempts are made to stave off the anticipated retirement of 15% of its workforce within the next decade, finds a new report from the independent think tank, the King's Fund.

The NHS urgently needs to direct its efforts to retaining older, experienced staff, with more flexible working policies and pension arrangements, says the report, published this week.

About 150000 of the one million NHS workforce is aged 50 or older, and therefore eligible for early retirement. The Employers Forum …

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