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MPs say NHS workforce planning has been “a disastrous failure”

BMJ 2007; 334 doi: (Published 29 March 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:653
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. London

    The job of predicting the staff needs of the NHS has been a “disastrous failure” with “little if any thought [being] given to long term strategic planning,” says a report by the cross party Health Select Committee.

    MPs partly blame the demanding targets set by government for the chaotic hiring and firing of staff that has been seen in the NHS during the past 12 months. This, together with a huge injection of cash for the NHS, led to what they call a “boom and bust” approach to workforce planning.

    “The huge growth in funds provided by the Government, together with the demanding targets it set, ensured that the increase in staff far …

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