‘GP recruitment is what keeps me awake at night’ | Denis Campbell Health Education England’s head Ian Cumming says there’s no quick fix for NHS staffing problems.
Less than a month after the election, staffing has already shot to the top of reappointed health secretary Jeremy Hunt’s daunting in-tray of NHS problems. The worsening shortage of GPs has become a key political issue, as was the lack of A&E doctors recently. Many other health professionals – nurses, paramedics and radiologists – are also in short supply. Employment agencies helping to fill this void prompted public frustration last weekend from the NHS England chief executive Simon Stevens and impelled Hunt to announce on Tuesday a series of moves to try and rein in the £3.3bn-a-year cost of temporary staffing, including a maximum hourly rate for agency doctors and nurses that NHS trusts are allowed to pay.
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