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The health sector is “dismayed” that the Chancellor “missed [his] opportunity” to fix NHS workforce issues, health leaders have said.
The Budget document states that: “The Government will provide hundreds of millions of pounds in additional funding over the SR21 period to ensure a bigger and better trained NHS workforce.”
While extra funds for the health service have been welcomed, NHS leaders, charities and royal colleges have expressed dismay that the workforce wasn’t a central issue in Mr Sunak’s Budget.
NHS Providers, which represents NHS trusts, said that workforce shortages are “the health service’s biggest problem”.
Saffron Cordery, deputy chief executive of NHS Providers, said: “NHS trust leaders will welcome the confirmed extra £5.9billion capital spending on NHS buildings, equipment and digital technology over the next three years.
“Trust leaders will be disappointed and frustrated that there is no confirmed, multi-year increase in Health Education England’s NHS education and training budget.
“Workforce shortages and the resulting unsustainable workload for existing NHS staff are currently the health service’s biggest problem.
“They can only be tackled with a robust long-term workforce plan and increased longer-term investment in workforce expansion, education and training, none of which are currently in place.”