Workforce shortages are having a “serious and detrimental” impact on services.
NHS providers have warned that ministers are failing to tackle a shortfall of around 40,000 nurses and 10,000 doctors.
The body that represents every NHS organisation in England warns that workforce shortages have a “serious and detrimental” impact on services.
A survey of trust leaders found that they believe a lack of staff is affecting pandemic recovery and causing a vicious cycle of chronic understaffing as already-burnout staff leave Trusts.
NHS Providers is now calling upon Ministers to develop a plan to recruit enough health and social care staff for the next five, ten and twenty years.
One hand tied behind their backs.
Deputy chief executive of NHS Providers, Saffron Cordery, warned that NHS trusts are having to work “with one hand tied behind their backs”.
Ms Cordery said, “Our survey makes clear the grave consequences of staffing gaps for quality of care, patient safety and staff morale. The message from trust leaders to the government is loud and clear.
The organisation calls for a published regular assessment of how many health and social care staff are needed.
Adding, “A failure to do so would almost inevitably compound staff shortages and workforce ‘burnout’, just as the NHS strives to reduce backlogs in care.
“The government must set out how it plans to tackle 110,000 NHS staff vacancies and make workloads sustainable. A long-term plan for a resilient workforce is vital.”
Failing to invest in the workforce.
The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) has echoed the concerns of NHS Providers.
RCN Director for England, Patricia Marquis, said: “This is yet more evidence of the impact of a long-term failure to invest in the nursing workforce.
“Only by recognising the crisis can ministers better retain experienced nursing staff and recruit to close the gap on tens of thousands of vacant posts across health and care.
“The Health and Care Bill is an opportunity to seize the day and ensure the UK government publicly discloses how many nursing staff are needed to provide safe patient care.
“Rejecting this now will damage the long-term recovery of the NHS and put patient care at risk for years to come.”