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NHS: Staff

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 12th February 2020.

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Photo of Jon Ashworth Jon Ashworth Shadow Secretary of State for Health

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 7 February to Question 9687, what assessment he has made of the (a) correlation between the level of (i) resources and (ii) workforce planning and the ability of commissioners and providers to employ sufficient numbers of suitably qualified, skilled and experienced staff at all times and (b) potential effect of increased accountability in Government on resourcing and workforce planning.

Photo of Edward Argar Edward Argar Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

Health Education England (HEE) provides leadership for the education and training system. HEE ensures that the workforce has the right skills, behaviours and training, and is available in the right numbers, to support the delivery of excellent healthcare and drive improvements.

It is the responsibility of each individual employer to ensure that they have sufficient numbers of suitably qualified, skilled and experienced staff at all times, as part of strict registration regulations of the Care Quality Commission.

The NHS People Plan aims to ensure a sustainable overall balance between supply and demand across all staff groups. We have committed to deliver 50,000 more nurses in the National Health Service by 2025.

Proposals around workforce accountability, workforce resourcing and planning currently are being considered by the Government.

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