Magazine article Public Finance

MPs Slate NHS Staff Planning as 'Disastrous'

Magazine article Public Finance

MPs Slate NHS Staff Planning as 'Disastrous'

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MPs have described the NHS's workforce planning as a 'disastrous failure' after discovering that it exceeded the planned number of nurses by 340% between 1999 and 2004.

The Commons' health committee's report Workplace planning, published on March 22, follows the Department of Health's revelation that over-achieving on staffing plans might have contributed to last year s reported NHS deficit of £547m.

The committee found that between 1999 and 2004 the NHS overshot the target for GPs by 105%, for nurses by 340% and allied health professionals by 69%. The target for consultants was narrowly missed by 3%.

'It was all too easy to throw new staff into the task of meeting targets rather than consider the most cost-effective way of doing the job,' the MPs state. 'Large pay increases were granted without adequate steps being taken to ensure increases in productivity in return. …

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