Nurse shortages to double

Nurse shortages to double and GP gaps nearly treble a report by three leading think tanks predicts.

It is already well documented that the NHS is short of staff, current figures suggest more than 30,000 extra nurses are needed and almost 3,000 GPs.

The Think Tanks say a combination of international recruitment, student grants and innovation is needed.

For nurses, they say studying in England must be made more attractive, bursaries were removed and tuition fees introduced in 2016. The report warns this has had a negative effect and calls for the introduction of a £5,200 annual grant for student nurses.

Predictions are that the NHS will need to recruit 5,000 new nurses from abroad every year – three times the figure it is currently recruiting.

For GPs, the report recommends a different approach, it says other staff, such as physiotherapists and pharmacists, will need to see some of the patients GPs are currently treating. The idea of using other staff to support GPs is already part of policy.

More detail will be revealed in the workforce plan being developed by the regulator NHS Improvement and The Department of Health and Social Care acknowledges it will take time.

Contact Grimsby Independent
Email us:
Follows us on Facebook and Twitter for all the latest local stories, breaking news and to join the conversation


Contact Gi Grimsby
Email us:
Follows us on Facebook and Twitter for all the latest local stories, breaking news and to join the conversation


    Leave a Reply