Responding to the vote on the Health and Care Bill amendment on workforce planning, Anita Charlesworth, Director of Research and REAL Centre at the Health Foundation, said: 

‘The rejection of today’s Health and Care Bill amendment on workforce planning is deeply disappointing.

‘For decades, planning for the health and care workforce of the future has been the Achilles’ heel of UK health care policy. The UK desperately needs to invest in training, pay, terms and conditions to secure the workforce needed to meet growing demand for care. That’s why, along with over 60 organisations, we supported this amendment so that in future England has robust, independent projections of the health and social care staff the country will need.

‘Structural change is not the answer to the staffing crisis. While there is sense in merging HEE and NHSE to better coordinate workforce planning this will not address the growing gap between the demand facing health and care services and the staff available to provide care.

‘Further inaction will significantly hamper the NHS and social care’s ability to recover after the pandemic and address the backlog of care. A fully funded long-term workforce strategy is long overdue.’

Media contact

Emily Wilson
Emily.Wilson@health.org.uk
020 7257 2061
 

Further reading

Press release

Staff vacancies highlight urgent need for NHS workforce strategy and amendment to Health and Care Bill

16 November 2021
Press release

Health Foundation response to the RCP Consultant Census 2021 and the proposed amendment to the...

Report

Health and social care funding projections 2021

October 2021
Report

The REAL Centre sets out projections of the funding the NHS and social care system in England may...

REAL Centre

You might also like...

Podcast

Reforming health care: reflections from a former health minister – with Lord Norman Warner

Podcast

Episode 20. The NHS is experiencing an unusual set of pressures at the moment. Lord Norman Warner...

Chart

How reliant is the NHS in England on international nurse recruitment?

Chart

Registered nurses are the biggest area of workforce shortages in the NHS in England. Compared with...

Press release

Continued pressure on emergency services not safe or sustainable

Press release

Health Foundation response to the NHS England monthly performance statistics.

Kjell-bubble-diagramArtboard 101 copy

Get social

How do we prevent ‘problem debt’ during #COVID19 recovery? Our long read explores: ➡️ the relationship between d… https://t.co/ueBGruJZAA

Follow us on Twitter
Kjell-bubble-diagramArtboard 101

Work with us

We look for talented and passionate individuals as everyone at the Health Foundation has an important role to play.

View current vacancies
Artboard 101 copy 2

The Q community

Q is an initiative connecting people with improvement expertise across the UK.

Find out more