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Rising cost of living is worsening NHS workforce crisis and workload

BMJ 2022; 378 doi: (Published 30 September 2022) Cite this as: BMJ 2022;378:o2364
  1. Ingrid Torjesen
  1. The BMJ

Lower band NHS staff are struggling to afford to get to work and feed their families because of the rising cost of living and are quitting the NHS for better paid jobs, creating more hard-to-fill vacancies, NHS bosses have warned.

The impact of the rise in the cost of living on staff health and wellbeing has been highlighted in a survey of leaders of NHS hospital, mental health, community, and ambulance services in England by their representative organisation NHS Providers.

NHS leaders said that rising living costs are also increasing demand for care and support, with …

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