NHS Professionals

August 17, 2017 at 4:15 pm / by

NHS professionals

Falling staff numbers and poor morale are hurting the National Health Service. The insistence on retaining the public sector pay cap has seen record numbers of staff leave and many others deterred from joining. Poor management and short-term thinking is damaging the NHS, and the decision to sell off NHS Professionals (NHSP) is just the latest example of this.

NHSP provides a “bank” of staff that can work flexibly across the service, and saves the NHS £70 million a year. More than 100,000 general and specialist doctors, midwives, and other healthcare professionals have registered to work flexibly through NHSP. I find it astounding, therefore, that the government is selling 75% of their stake in NHSP.

The NHS is struggling with excessive sums spent on agency staff, and the answer is not more privatisation. I elaborated on my objections to the sale in this piece for the Camden New Journal.