Letter to the Times on workforce challenges

Along with a number of health organisations, we have co-signed a letter to the Times from the Health Foundation on workforce shortages.

You can read the letter in full below:

Dear Sir/Madam,

Workforce shortages are the biggest challenge facing the NHS and social care. Professionals working in health and care, from nurses and doctors to pharmacists and carers, train for years and without proper long-term planning, shortages are inevitable. A fully resourced workforce is key to delivering the care patients and service users need and expect.

The government's Health and Care Bill is a once in a generation opportunity to learn from past failures. As it passes through Parliament, we urge government to amend the Bill to ensure that in future England has robust, independent projections of the health and social care staff the country will need, to help make shortages a thing of the past.

The lack of these provisions in the Bill is a glaring omission. If the health and care system is to make real progress in overcoming the obstacles it faces in recovering services after COVID-19 it needs to be fully and properly staffed.



Anita Charlesworth, director, The Health Foundation

Richard Murray, chief executive, The King’s Fund

Matthew Taylor, chief executive, NHS Confederation

Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard, chair, Academy of Medical Royal Colleges

Chris Hopson, chief executive, NHS Providers

Nigel Edwards, chief executive, Nuffield Trust

Dr Andrew Goddard, president, Royal College of Physicians

Dr Charlotte Augst, chief executive, National Voices

Dr Chaand Nagpaul CBE, council chair, British Medical Association

Jude Diggins, director of nursing, policy and public affairs (interim), Royal College of Nursing.