Tuesday, May 28, 2024

‘Historic’ 15-year plan to boost NHS workforce

THERE will be a major expansion in training places for health staff in England, under a “historic” 15-year plan to fill NHS staffing shortages reports the BBC.

It includes more university places for medical and nursing students and a greater emphasis on apprenticeships with the first ever scheme for doctors.

A consultation on whether five-year medical degrees could be shortened by a year will also be launched.

The plan has taken more than a year longer to be published than expected.

During that time, the NHS has been beset by strikes – with the dispute with doctors still continuing.

Pay does not feature in the plan – instead, it focuses on how much training places need to increase.

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