Workforce gaps are result of reorganisations and “quick fixes,” Health Foundation says

BMJ 2016; 354 doi: (Published 18 July 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;354:i3980
  1. Matthew Limb
  1. BMJ Careers

The NHS workforce in England has swung from boom to bust because of repeated reorganisations and a reliance on “quick fixes” to solve deep systemic problems, independent healthcare charity the Health Foundation has said.

A study by the charity has concluded that “mismatches” between funding and staffing levels and top down system reforms have undermined any long term consistency in workforce planning. At the same time lower cost “quick fixes” have placed a “sticking plaster” on deep seated systemic difficulties, the study found. The Health Foundation has called for a more coherent, sustainable approach to tackling funding constraints and staff shortages. It said that these constraints and shortages posed the “greatest threats” to the delivery of the NHS Five Year …

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