Responding to the Health Foundation’s workforce trends report, Niall Dickson, chief executive at the NHS Confederation, which represents organisations across the healthcare sector, said: “This report makes for sobering reading and shows how precarious the NHS staffing situation is. With over 100,000 vacancies, additional pressure is being heaped on support staff to plug the gaps – this is neither fair nor safe.
“Workforce is the number one concern among health leaders, and for good reason. All of the major political parties have identified the staffing challenge in their manifestos and this is welcome. What we need to see from an incoming government is urgent action to address what are now widespread shortages among doctors, nurses and other key staff.”