NHS: Nurses - Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 3:22 pm on 10 May 2023.

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Photo of Lord Stirrup Lord Stirrup Crossbench 3:22, 10 May 2023

Has the Minister seen the piece in today’s Financial Times reporting that, across the whole of the EU, 15% to 25% of hospital beds are out of use because of a shortage of clinical personnel, including nurses? The WHO forecasts that, by 2030, there will be a global shortfall in healthcare professionals of some 10 million. Does this not suggest that there is a fundamental problem here that will not be addressed just by recruiting campaigns, important as they are, and that what is required is a radical rethink of healthcare provision in the round?