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Workforce planners need data on NHS usage, say royal colleges

BMJ 2018; 361 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.k1585 (Published 09 April 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;361:k1585
  1. Abi Rimmer
  1. The BMJ

A central source of data on the needs of patients and the availability of staff is vital for future workforce planning, eight royal colleges have said.

In December, Health Education England (HEE) published a draft 10 year workforce strategy.1 It was the first time that an NHS workforce plan looked more than five years ahead and could be key to the future of the service—peers warned in 2017 that poor workforce planning was …

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