In response to the General Medical Council (GMC) report on workforce planning and staffing, Danny Mortimer, co-convenor of the Cavendish Coalition, a coalition of 36 health and social care organisations, and chief executive of NHS Employers, said:
“It is disheartening to hear of the pressures and compromised clinical decisions doctors and their teams face.
“We know this is a system under enormous strain which in turn places huge demands on our staff. The current shortage of around 10,000 doctors combined with rising demand adds to the pressure on those currently in post.
“The NHS heavily relies on talented doctors from across Europe. According to the Cavendish Coalition’s recently commissioned report from the National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR), nine percent of doctors are from Europe and the rest of the world.
“Although we welcome the recent expansion in medical school places, we will need to keep relying on international doctors to help us deliver services and complement our homegrown talent.
“It is of paramount importance that any future immigration system is responsive and agile, with as little red tape as possible, and that it uses public service value as a key factor in assessing skill levels and setting entry requirements rather than just salary.
“This will help tackle the often misleading assumption that the salary paid to a migrant worker is the prime indication of the value of their work to the health and wealth of the UK.”
Notes to editors:
- The Cavendish Coalition is a group of health and social care organisations that has come together to ensure that the health and social care system can continue to meet its staffing needs following the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union.
- Our primary objective is to ensure the best care is provided to our communities, and the people who use health and social care services. We recognise that to deliver this we need to retain, and continue to attract, a talented and diverse workforce with the right skills.
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- The Cavendish Coalition is made up of 36 health and social care organisations, all committed to the purpose of the group.