Responding to the publication today of the new Interim NHS People Plan, Danny Mortimer, chief executive of NHS Employers, which is part of the NHS Confederation, said:
“This is a further step forward following last year’s significant investment in pay for our teams, and brings greater focus to the issues that must be addressed in relation to our workforce. However, investment is required to incentivise more people to train to be nurses either through undergraduate or apprenticeship routes: employers look forward to this investment for the final plan later this year.
“While medical colleagues will be disappointed that changes to the tax regime have not been possible, allowing greater flexibility in the pension scheme is a positive response to the concerns we have been raising on behalf of employers. At the same time, we believe that the flexibility proposed should be available to support the retention of all the members of our team, and will continue to make that case.”