The gap between doctor supply and patient need is widening each year. This report, from the British Medical Association:
- illustrates how severe medical workforce shortages in England have become
- demonstrates how the situation will worsen based on anticipated population growth and demographic changes without significant and swift intervention from Government
- analyses trends in the medical workforce up to 2021
- highlights the value of the doctor to the health of patients.
The BMA are calling for a number of actions to address these issues:
- Primary legislation mandating regular healthcare workforce assessments in the Health and Care Bill.
- Increased Treasury investment in the medical workforce, including:
- sufficient medical school, foundation programme and specialty training places
- expansion of teaching spaces and student clinical placement options
- rapid expansion of the medical educator and researcher, public health consultant and specialist occupational physician workforce
- a relaxation of punitive pension taxation rules, so doctors are not forced to consider early retirement, and introduction of flexible working options for all staff and
- doctor retention initiatives across all grades of doctor.
Read the report in full through the link below.