Responding to the briefing ‘The health care workforce in England: make or break?’ published today by The King’s Fund, the Health Foundation and the Nuffield Trust, Carole Walford, Chief Clinical Officer at national hospice and palliative care charity Hospice UK, said:
“As this briefing highlights, NHS staff shortages look set to reach critical levels over the next decade. This is really concerning especially as demand for care is growing for people with life-limiting conditions and could mean that people miss out on the vital care they need, or lead them receiving lower quality care.
“Hospices are also facing their own workforce challenges, especially around recruitment and retention of staff. Tackling hospice workforce pressures is a key priority for Hospice UK and we are working with hospices and partner organisations to develop sustainable solutions to address these.”
Notes to editors
- Hospice UK is the national charity for hospice and palliative care.
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