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Digital NHS: Government rejects advice to increase pay to boost IT staff numbers

BMJ 2023; 382 doi: (Published 07 September 2023) Cite this as: BMJ 2023;382:p2053
  1. Alexander Mafi
  1. The BMJ

The UK government has rejected calls to offer higher salaries to employees working on digitising the NHS in England to help boost their numbers, after a call from MPs.1

A report from the House of Committee Health and Social Care Committee, published in June, identified several challenges for digital transformation across the NHS, including a “lack of basic functioning IT equipment” and a shortage of specialist IT staff.2 Increasing salaries was offered as a key solution to tackling staff shortages to make pay more competitive with …

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