how long to numbers recovery? Much longer for morale recovery!

The health services are all broken. The exodus of staff when the opportunity arises and the cynical disillusion with system and management is evident. The doctors who “go over to the dark side” (management) are looked on with suspicion by colleagues. GP commissioners are derided, ad they have to ration health care without using the word. Taxpayers in poorer regions (such as Wales) get inferior care, lack of choice and poorer outcomes….. It is getting to the point where two tiers of health service are available: National or Private. A few more exit interviews would help…

Peter Russell for Medscape reports 12th Feb 2019: NHS Staffing Shortfalls ‘Threaten Long-Term Plan’

NHS staff numbers in England have failed to keep pace with demand, according to a report by an independent health charity.

In its third annual review of staffing levels, the Health Foundation highlighted specific problems in primary and community care, nursing, and mental health….

This is not the first time: Nicky Broyd on the 15th November 2018: Staff Shortages Threaten NHS Long-term Plan: Report – Medscape

According to the first of two reports by The King’s Fund, the Health Foundation and the Nuffield Trust, staff shortages in the NHS in England now present a greater threat to health services than funding.

The group of leading health thinktank experts predicts an increase in NHS staff shortages from over 100,000 at present to almost 250,000 by 2030 and warns the figure could be over 350,000 if the NHS continues to lose staff, fails to adequately fund training places and can’t attract workers from abroad.

and 4 days ago Peter Russell: NHS Staffing ‘a Make-or-Break’ Issue, Says Report – Medscape

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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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