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Workforce: Lessons for NHS in Ryanair pilot crisis

When the supply of pilots fell short of demand, Ryanair cancelled flights. But the NHS has limited scope to manage demand during winter, leaving little room for manoeuvre should there be a major flu outbreak, says workforce expert James Buchan.
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When the supply of pilots fell short of demand, Ryanair cancelled flights. But the NHS has limited scope to manage demand during winter, leaving little room for manoeuvre should there be a major flu outbreak, says workforce expert James Buchan

With winter looming, thoughts may turn to jetting off somewhere warm for a break. This could mean flying with Ryanair, which has been cancelling flights.

It may be little comfort as you weigh up the options of a staycation or a week in the sun, but the Ryanair experience has a lesson for the NHS as winter approaches.

According to one UK newspaper, the reason for the flight cancellations was ‘Europe’s worst-ever case’ of pilot shortages.

This was created by two factors: annual holiday entitlements, and airline industry regulations determining maximum working

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