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Workforce: NHS plan is doomed unless staff shortage is solved

James Buchan likens the NHS Long Term Plan to an overly ambitious new year’s resolution

James Buchan likens the NHS Long Term Plan to an overly ambitious new year’s resolution

New year, new plan?

The NHS has just published its Long Term Plan. Think of it as a long list of very ambitious new year’s resolutions.

These include expansion of the diabetes prevention programme, better treatment for respiratory conditions, more information and training for NHS staff to support people with learning disabilities, and an extra £4.5 billion investment in out-of-hospital care, including digital GP consultations.

But with the NHS currently running with more than 40,000 nursing vacancies, if there is no improvement in staffing there

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