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NHS workforce implementation plan delayed again

The workforce implementation plan has been delayed again.

The plan, which will aim to address key issues facing the NHS workforce, was expected to be published by NHS Improvement (NHSI) in early April. 

But the dates are now yet to be confirmed by NHSI.

There were brief mentions of workforce in the NHS long-term plan, which was published in January, but it also acknowledged a comprehensive strategy for the NHS workforce would be published later in 2019.

The long term plan said: 'NHS workforce planning will always be complex and never an exact science, whether led nationally, regionally, or locally.

'Our aim is to ensure a sustainable overall balance between supply and demand across all staff groups.

It added: 'A workforce implementation plan will therefore be published later in 2019. NHS Improvement, HEE and NHS England will establish a national workforce group to ensure that such workforce actions agreed are delivered quickly.'

National executive lead for the interim workforce plan Julian Hartley has said the plan will need to answer questions laid out in the spending review, which is due to take place in the autumn, according to HSJ.

Pulse revealed in January that health secretary Matt Hancock had not set a date to meet the Government target to recruit 5,000 more GPs reiterated in the long-term plan.

In March, three major think tanks published a report stating that GP numbers will fall 7,000 short within five years. The report also outlined various general practice policy recommendations for the NHS workforce implementation plan.

RCGP chair Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard previously said the forthcoming workforce implementation plan must launch ‘effective strategies to boost the pipeline of GPs.’

The Scottish Government's workforce plan was also delayed after it was supposed to be published at the end of 2018 and had been delayed until January.

Readers' comments (1)

  • Vinci Ho

    Well , the intention of this Robocop is never more apparent: Why does he need to lose sleep about the legacy of Agent Hunt’s wonderful achievement ? Reaching the target of 5000, 6000 or 7000 more GPs , who cares now ?
    His nerdy obsession in technology, GP at Hand , smartphone apps and ultimately, AI to replace GPs , is the driving force to shift the narrative ,sooner or later , that GPs are perhaps , not so important as we think traditionally . They are indeed too expensive and let’s move on with 21st technology . Of course , he has some wonderful private companies under his umbrella ready for this ‘groundbreaking’ digital revolution in first general practice, then secondary care in NHS .
    Allowing GP at Hand to develop its own GP network is the first step of Robocop’s own grand plan .
    If this is not war , I don’t know what else is ?

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