08 / 5 / 2015 2.18pm
You will have seen from the national news coverage that it looks like the Conservatives will be in a position to form a majority Government later today. I thought that it would be useful to drop you a quick reminder of the content of the Conservative’s election manifesto commitments on health and workforce issues to be used to brief your colleagues and Board members.
The specific commitments in the manifesto and during the election campaign were:
- a commitment to find the £8bn additional funding set out by Simon Stevens
- to continue to ensure that we have enough doctors, nurses and other staff to meet patients’ needs
- to consider how best to recognise and reward high performance
- that hospitals are properly staffed, so that the quality of care is the same every day of the week
- to tackle the disproportionate impact of strikes in essential public services
- three million new apprenticeships
- give public sector workers a workplace entitlement to volunteering leave for three days a year on full pay
- no income tax for those working 30 hours on the minimum wage
- increase minimum wage to £6.70 this autumn.
We will continue our discussions with the Government, the arm’s-length bodies and senior civil servants to ensure that the implementation of these policies, within the context of the financial challenges facing the NHS, support the priorities of employers in the NHS, whilst also asking for their support with:
- improving short-term support for recruitment to the NHS across government
- ensuring that the NHS Five Year Forward View is supported by strategies which allow employers to rapidly innovate with regards to ways of working
- addressing outstanding issues regarding medical contracts, with the Review Body on Doctors’ and Dentists’ Remuneration (DDRB) due to report in July
- progressing reform of Agenda for Change with greater certainty regarding annual pay uplifts
- investment in the HR community to support their contribution to systemwide success.
I have already had a number of meetings with the senior workforce team at the Department of Health (DH) and will continue to do so. I will keep you informed of any developments.
In the meantime, a reminder that our Workforce Summit on 3 June in Liverpool will be one of the first opportunities that you will be able to hear about the new proposals from the Government and senior leaders such as Charlie Massey, DH, Ian Cumming, Health Education England and Simon Stevens as part of the wider NHS Confederation annual conference agenda. I know that many of you have booked a place already, but there is still time for you to do so either for yourself or senior members of your team. You can do this via our online booking page.
Chief Executive, NHS Employers