The government of the United Kingdom (UK) has proposed a proposal to hire 300,000 doctors and nurses to help with the health-care system’s workload.
The government announced this on Friday, citing a chronic shortage of physicians and nurses in England’s National Health Service (NHS).
According to Naija News, the publicly-funded NHS will face a staffing shortfall of 360,000 by 2037 as a result of an aging population, a lack of domestically trained health personnel, and challenges in maintaining existing staff.
While addressing on the 75th anniversary of the health service, UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak stated that the government is undertaking the most substantial single expansion in NHS education and training in its history.
He mentioned that the government’s long-term workforce strategy will entail shortening doctors’ time in medical school and training more in-house doctors.
“In the coming years, we will train twice as many doctors and 24,000 more nurses per year, reducing waiting lists and improving patient care.”
“We will do more to retain our brilliant NHS staff and reform the way the health system works to ensure that it is fit for the future,” Sunak said.
According to Triple News, NHS England presently has 112,000 openings as it struggles to replace the enormous number of professionals departing the institution.
Over the last year, the NHS has seen record strikes, with employees complaining of being underpaid and overworked as they try to clear the backlog generated by coronavirus lockdowns.
According to the government, the plan could result in an additional 60,000 doctors, 170,000 nurses, and 71,000 health professionals in the NHS by 2037.
“The release of our first-ever NHS long-term workforce plan now provides us with a once-in-a-generation opportunity to put staffing on a sustainable footing for the years ahead.”
“As we look to adapt to new and rising demand for health services globally, this long-term blueprint is the first step in a major and much-needed expansion of our workforce to ensure we have the staff we need to deliver for patients,” NHS England CEO Amanda Pritchard said.