Billions more for the NHS but where are the staff to do the work?

Health correspondent Shaun Lintern looks at the workforce problem facing Rishi Sunak as he gives NHS a financial injection

Monday 25 October 2021 14:23
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<p>More than half of all radiology leaders say they do not have enough diagnostic and interventional radiologists to keep patients safe</p>

More than half of all radiology leaders say they do not have enough diagnostic and interventional radiologists to keep patients safe

Successive governments have dodged the biggest challenge facing the NHS – and that’s the lack of enough staff to deliver the care patients need. As Rishi Sunak prepares to write another big cheque for the health service this unaddressed question is looming larger than ever.

The new £6bn capital investment to help set up an additional 56 community diagnostic hubs on top of the 44 already in train is the right thing to do to cut the huge waits for CT scans and X-rays.

The NHS waiting list has hit a record level of 5.74 million with thousands of patients waiting more than a year. The challenge is huge and comes on top of existing day-to-day demands. Who will do this extra work?

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