‘… funding, to continue building a bigger and better trained NHS workforce…’
No it won't... and more rubbish like this;
‘… [the] number of NHS staff in Hospital and Community Health Services has grown by 20% since June 2011.’
This is totally meaningless.
There were around 76,500 full-time-equivalent, advertised vacancies in hospital and community services, between January and March 2021. It’s a guess because figures are based on aggregated data from Trusts.
We don’t know, accurately, how many vacancies there are.
BoJo and his gullible backbenchers keep saying we are set for 50,000 more nurses.
It was an unfunded election promise. The headline number depended on retaining 19,000 existing nurses and a big chunk of (very tricky) overseas recruitment.
The true number will be under 31,000. By the way, between June 2010 and June 2018 the total number of nurses and health visitors increased by just over 200.
‘… this settlement will keep building a bigger, better trained NHS workforce… more medical students and nurses… new midwives and allied health professionals…’
No, it won’t. How can I be so sure...
... because, nowhere, in any of these document is there a reference to Health Education England’s budget. An arms-length organisation, who arrange and pay for all the training.
Either there’s a secret plan to dump HEE and give the money to the ICSs, let them organise workforce ‘regionally’,
HEE can plan nothing, prepare nothing and recruit no one, because they have no budget.
No19 and Amanda Pritchard look doomed to repeating the mistakes of the past. No workforce plan, no strategic funding, another year of hand-to-mouth uncertainty.
Who’s the stupid one here?
Us for believing there will be more staff, MPs for parroting clap-trap, or the Treasury for thinking only they can read.
Bojo’s aversion to resolving workforce issues is as bonkers as it is baffling. Making promises that are so easy to monitor and evaluate, and not keep them, is kamikaze politics.
There are three NHS issues that must be resolved before anything else can be done, developed, extended, organised, planned, expanded or improved.
The three things are;
If HMG could sort out one of them… it would be a good move.
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