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gp-shortagesMay 6 2015

The anticipated shortfall in GPs is a key factor endangering the delivery of the NHS five year forward view, the King’s Fund is suggesting.

Its new report on workforce planning in the NHS has analysed the recent trends and pressures in three key areas critical to the delivery of the NHS FYFV, each of which “is under serious pressure”:

•    primary care – well-documented pressures on general practice have led to fewer training posts being filled and more GPs planning to retire early, resulting in a growing shortfall in the number of GPs
•    mental health – the number of inpatient nurses has fallen sharply by 15% over the past five years, resulting in a significant rise in the use of agency staff and a two-thirds increase in requests for temporary mental health nurses since the beginning of 2013/14
•    community nurses – while the number of health visitors has increased by nearly a quarter over the past five years, the number of senior district nurses has fallen by 30% and there are now 16% fewer community matrons.

In addition, there is increasing reliance on agency staff, says the King’s Fund. Its analysis of recent figures shows that requests for temporary hours more than doubled between January 2012 and April 2015.

Changes at national level to improve workforce planning, including the establishment of Health Education England, as well as 13 regional local education and training boards, have led to improvements in planning the workforce of the future, but “it is unclear who is responsible for managing the workforce needed today.”

Rachael Addicott, Senior Research Fellow at The King’s Fund and the report’s lead author, said the NHS needs the right people in the right place, able to adapt their skills to changing demographics and work together to support new models of care. “However, the trends we are seeing are moving in the opposite direction, with an increasing over-reliance on temporary staff and a “black hole” in the data needed to make effective workforce plans.”

Responding to the report, Dr Mark Porter, BMA council chair, said the NHS is under “unprecedented pressure from a difficult financial climate and rising demand that is leaving patient services overstretched.”

In addition, doctors’ morale is suffering in part due to successive pay freezes and cuts. “This government’s disastrous Health and Social Care Act has completely failed to address these challenges,” he said.

“Despite this situation, politicians are continuing to make outlandish and unachievable election pledges about new or extended services that are often uncosted and fail to take into account the crisis facing current NHS services.

“We need all political parties to stop playing games with the NHS and focus on coming up with long term solutions to the challenges we face, in collaboration with healthcare professionals and patients.”

Dr Maureen Baker, Chair of the RCGP, said the report “hammers home our warnings about the severe shortage of GPs and the urgent need to build the general practice workforce for the sake of our patients and the NHS.”

She welcomed the King’s Fund’s acknowledgement of some of the measures the RCGP has been taking, including initiatives such as introducing pharmacists to the practice team and setting out a 10-point plan to build the GP workforce.

“It is essential that the new government delivers on the pledges from the major political parties for more GPs and for more investment in general practice so that we can reduce waiting times for GP appointments and guarantee our patients the care closer to home that they need and deserve,” she said.

Links:

Workforce shortages endanger delivery NHS five year forward view 

‘Workforce planning in the NHS’. King’s Fund. April 29 2015    

BMA comment    

RCGP comment    

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