Wednesday, 5 December 2018

UK-wide workforce planning needed to avert NHS staffing crisis

UK-wide workforce planning needed to avert NHS staffing crisis New research has laid bare a future workforce crisis that could be compounded by Brexit amid a fragmented approach to the recruitment and retention of doctors.

Research commissioned by the General Medical Council (GMC) for its 2018 The state of medical education and practice in the UK report paints a stark picture of unabated pressure on health services. The report also shines a light on steps that some doctors are feeling the need to take to cope with patient numbers, some of which may be piling more pressure on other parts of the system.

Among those measures are making referrals to other doctors that are not strictly necessary but happen due to limited time to address patient concerns, ordering blood tests when they may not always be needed, and bypassing clinical checklists in order to get through workload.

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