Shock report shows NHS at ‘serious risk’ amid ‘greatest workforce crisis’ in history

There are now 62,000 positions that are unfilled and there are 700 less full time equivalent GPs compared to three years ago. At the same time the NHS is losing millions of full time equivalent days to staff sickness caused by stress and depression according to the report.

The study shows that there is a shortage of 12,000 hospital doctors, and more than 50,000 nurses and midwives.

However, the report blasted the Government for having no “credible plan” to solve the recruitment crisis.

According to the study, maternity services are under “unsustainable pressure” with 552 midwives having left in the last year alone.

Projections suggest that an extra 475,000 jobs will be needed in health and 490,000 jobs in social care by the early part of the next decade to ease the strain.

The report put together by the cross-party Health and Social Care Committee has slammed the Government’s “reluctance” to act.

They said: “In the face of this, the Government has shown a marked reluctance to act decisively.

“The workforce plan promised in the spring has not yet been published and will be a ‘framework’ with no numbers, which we are told could potentially follow in yet another report later this year.”

MPs did admit that some progress has been made towards the target of recruiting 50,000 nurses.

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“But most depressing for many on the frontline is the absence of any credible strategy to address it.”

The report went on to argue that due to understaffing the NHS was losing millions of full-time equivalent days to staff sickness caused by anxiety, stress and depression.

They said: “The result is that many in an exhausted workforce are considering leaving – and if they do, pressure will increase still further on their colleagues.”

The study added that hot food and drinks are not always available for staff during shifts while flexible working is rare.

According to the report, ministers “refusal” to make workforce planning data public means it is impossible to know how many healthcare workers need to be trained to meet demand.

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