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NHS must tackle inequality to improve retention, says health secretary

BMJ 2019; 365 doi: (Published 26 April 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;365:l1937
  1. Tom Moberly, UK editor
  1. The BMJ

The NHS in England must deal with its problems concerning gender and racial inequality if it is to stem the flow of staff leaving the service, the health secretary, Matt Hancock, has said.

“Too often we’ve lost talented people from the NHS because we haven’t done enough to convince them to stay,” he said. “The most troubling statistic that I’ve seen is this: one in 11 NHS staff leave the NHS entirely every single year. It’s something we urgently need to address, and I believe a large number of those people leave because we haven’t done enough to make the NHS a great place to work.” …

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