England needs more than a million additional health and care workers over the next decade if the NHS and social care are to meet the growing need for patients.
A new analysis by the Health Foundation suggests the growing workforce gap with an additional 488,000 NHS staff in England is needed to meet growing demand and recover from the COVID-19 crisis. This would represent a 40 percent increase in the workforce – double the level of growth seen over the past 10 years.
The need in social care is even greater with 627,000 more employees needed. This will increase by 55 percent over the next decade and will be more than four times the level of growth since 2001.
The NHS grew its workforce by 20 percent between June 2011 and June 2021, but the rate of growth slowed to just 16 percent in the five years from June 2016 to June 2021.
The Health Foundation said delivering this level of staff funding for the NHS alone would need to grow at twice the rate of the previous decade and reach at least 3.2 per cent annually – the equivalent of an additional £70 billion by 2030. 31.
Health Foundation research director Anita Charlesworth said a fully funded workforce plan should be a top priority for Chancellor Rishi Sunak in her autumn spending review.
She said: “The NHS and the social care system could face a decade of increasing staff shortages if the government does not act now to invest in the workforce. A total of 5.6 million people are already waiting for care. and healthcare is in dire need of more workers.
“Workforce shortage is the biggest risk to the post-pandemic recovery. Despite the more immediate challenges posed by COVID-19, the Government does not take into account the inherent demand and cost pressures facing the NHS and social care in the long term and the need to better plan how to scale up the workforce to meet this demand. Should give.
“The funds needed to meet the pressures in health and social care will need to grow well beyond the current settlement, and at an even faster rate in social care. This means that the government is facing a major balancing act of priorities in the coming decade.”
Public spending on health care in the UK totaled £177 billion in 2019, which equates to £2,647 per capita for the year. This is below the average for the 14 major EU countries and well below the G7 average.
There are approximately 100,000 vacancies for staff in the NHS with 112,000 vacancies in social care. This includes 9,691 vacancies for doctors and around 39,000 vacancies for nurses.
In addition to additional staff, the NHS will also need adequate equipment, beds and technology to deal with the growing number of patients driven by aging society, declining health and the backlog of care due to COVID-19.
The NHS will need an additional 4,400 consultants and 18,000 more nurses by March 2025 to clear the COVID-19 backlog and deliver on the NHS 18-week wait time standard. It is on top of existing vacancies.
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