The Reality on recruitment: we need more of whoever, whenever, wherever …..

The “reality” in the current position for staff shortages in health is summarised by “we need more of whoever, whenever, wherever …..” It is interesting that the BBC reports questions its feasibility.. Language issues in Wales do not help, especially related to schooling. We are reaping the harvest of long term covert rationing of medical school places. All students with the required grades and abilities should be allowed to do Medicine..

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Kat Lay in the Times reports 31st July 2017: NHS drive to recruit 21,000 mental health staff ‘not realistic’

The NHS will create 21,000 mental-health posts by 2021 in an effort to ensure that psychological conditions are treated as seriously as physical health problems.
The drive will tackle a “historic imbalance” in workforce capacity, the government said. The new staff will include nurses, therapists, psychiatrists and support workers.
Medical schools will be asked to treat psychology A levels as of equal merit to “pure” science subjects, in an attempt to boost recruitment of young people with an interest in mental health.
Ministers have promised £1 billion of investment to provide round-the-clock care every day of the week, treating an extra million patients by 2020-21.
Doctors’ and nurses’ representatives questioned whether 21,000 extra staff was a realistic target, with NHS vacancies growing…..

…Analysis
Promising an extra 21,000 staff in any area is a big ask for the NHS (Kat Lay writes). Last week figures revealed at least 86,000 vacancies had been advertised across the NHS in the first three months of the year, up 10 per cent from the year before.

Jeremy Hunt admits the figure is “ambitious”. However, a deadline of four years’ time is difficult. As Janet Davies, of the RCN, points out: “If these nurses were going to be ready in time, they’d start training next month.”

A lot of the factors that have driven staff away have not changed. There is the 1 per cent pay cap, but also an increasing workload. Brexit is making Britain less attractive for EU doctors and nurses and visa restrictions are hampering efforts to recruit from elsewhere. Parts of government beyond the Department of Health will need to co-operate.

The BBC reports: Reality Check: More mental health staff for the NHS? and the following day

From Tuesday 1 August, most new students of areas such as nursing, midwifery and physiotherapy will no longer be able to apply for grants, and will have access instead to the student loans system

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About Roger Burns - retired GP

I am a retired GP and medical educator. I have supported patient participation throughout my career, and my practice, St Thomas; Surgery, has had a longstanding and active Patient Participation Group (PPG). I support the idea of Community Health Councils, although I feel they should be funded at arms length from government. I have taught GP trainees for 30 years, and been a Programme Director for GP training in Pembrokeshire 20 years. I served on the Pembrokeshire LHG and LHB for a total of 10 years. I completed an MBA in 1996, and I along with most others, never had an exit interview from any job in the NHS! I completed an MBA in 1996, and was a runner up for the Adam Smith prize for economy and efficiency in government in that year. This was owing to a suggestion (St Thomas' Mutual) that practices had incentives for saving by being allowed to buy rationed out services in the following year.

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