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NHS workforce plan may not be published in full, health secretary admits

BMJ 2022; 377 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.o1429 (Published 09 June 2022) Cite this as: BMJ 2022;377:o1429

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MPs struggle for answers from leaders on solving the NHS workforce crisis

  1. Adele Waters
  1. The BMJ

A highly anticipated workforce plan for the NHS that will set out numbers of staff required by the service may not be published in full.

Health Secretary Sajid Javid told a committee of MPs this week that the 15 year strategy report currently being drawn up by NHS England and Health Education England (HEE) would be ready by the end of the year.

It will include data on workforce requirements by specialty and provide a gap analysis to inform training plans. He said, however, that while he would like to see the document published in full, he could only guarantee that its conclusions would be published.

“When the workforce strategy is complete, we will certainly publish the conclusions of that,” he told the Health and Social Care Committee on 7 June. He added that publishing the report in full was “something I’d like to do” but the decision would be subject to cross government agreement and he could not pre-empt that decision.

Javid was giving evidence to the final session of the committee’s inquiry into the recruitment, training, …

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