New report claims NHS staffing shortfall could hit 250,000

A new report has found vacancies in the NHS could reach 250,000 by the end of the next decade.

NHS workers across all occupations are being driven out by excessive workload, low pay and even the threat of violence, GMB Union has claimed.

The current NHS staffing shortfall of 100,000 could reach a 250,000 by the end of the next decade, according to new briefing published by The King’s Fund, the Health Foundation and the Nuffield Trust.

Rehana Azam, GMB National Secretary, said: “This shocking report should be a wake-up call.

“NHS workers across all occupations are being driven out by excessive workload, low pay and rising demand caused by cuts to social care.

“If the number of vacancies is allowed to double as projected then patients will be placed at real risk of harm.

“Ministers must do the right thing and give the NHS and social care the investment the sector so urgently needs.”

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