The cross-party committee thinks the Government has “no credible plan” to improve the situation.
A new report has concluded that NHS staff and patients are at “serious risk” as the NHS faces the “greatest working crisis” in history.
Yesterday the House of Commons Health and Social Care Select Committee published two reports highlighting the current health and social care workforce crisis in England.
The report found a shortage of 12,000 hospital doctors and more than 50,000 nurses and midwives.
It outlined several keys of concern for the profession; cutting the NHS bursary led to a decline in student nurses, the increased costs of parking, fuel, and childcare is reducing the number of hours staff can work, and the proposed reintroduction of NHS pension abatement rules will further reduce the workforce.
Only days after the Government offered NHS workers a further real-terms pay cut, the committee claims Government has “no credible plan” for improving the situation.
A serious risk to staff and patient safety.
Responding to the report, RCN Director for England, Patricia Marquis, said: “The findings of the Committee show in the starkest of detail the workforce crisis across the whole of health and social care in England. That persistent understaffing in all care settings poses a serious risk to staff and patient safety should shock ministers into action.
“As ministers continue to make claims about the number of new nurses in England, evidence submitted to the Committee found a significant lack of transparency on workforce planning and in fact that 475,000 jobs will be needed in health and an extra 490,000 jobs in social care by the early part of the next decade just to keep up with patient need.
“On pay the Committee was very clear saying it is unacceptable that some NHS nurses are struggling to feed their families, pay their rent, and travel to work. Their recommendation that nursing staff should be given a pay rise that takes account of the cost-of-living crisis should make Government rethink the latest pay deal that follows a decade of real terms pay cuts that will force even more to leave the profession.”