Responding to the Government's announcement that it is on track to deliver 26,000 more primary care staff, Ruth Rankine, director of primary care at the NHS Confederation, said:
“Primary care leaders have worked hard to bolster recruitment to their local networks as they appreciate the huge potential these new roles can play in ensuring patient get the right care at the right time and in the right place for them.
“Ultimately having thousands more primary care staff available will help to ensure services are provided to patients closer to where they live so this announcement is to be welcomed
“This significant recruitment drive will continue with primary care leaders working in partnership with ambulance trusts, mental health organisations and other health care partners to fill these posts.
“However, there must be a greater acceptance that there are simply not enough staff currently available to keep up with rising demand from patients who are presenting with more complex needs. Continued flexibility for how the additional roles can be filled, alongside support for leaders to help embed them into their teams, will be vital.
“The need for a fully funded, system-focused workforce strategy is once again, abundantly clear and is striking in its absence.”
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