A new Health Foundation report has highlighted that national policy and planning for the NHS workforce in England is not fit for purpose. The report also found high staff turnover and instability across the NHS, and a drop in the number of trainee nurses.
Elizabeth Adams commented, "in addition to the funding crisis that our NHS is suffering, we also have a staffing crisis. There is already difficulty in recruiting GPs, staffing levels have also seen a hit from the disgraceful situation that EU citizens are being left in, many of whom are valued NHS staff.
"Difficulty recruiting is a common reason that downgrading and closure of local health services is being blamed on. This needs urgent action now."
Baroness Judith Jolly, Liberal Democrat Health Spokesperson, also commented:
“Instead of addressing the recruitment crisis facing the NHS, the government is exacerbating it.
“Scrapping student nursing bursaries has turned out to be a catastrophic mistake, while years of pay cuts are making it harder to retain staff.
“Ministers must urgently reinstate bursaries for student nurses and give NHS workers the pay rise they deserve."