[PDF] Training our NHS health workers : should the UK train more of its staff?

Civitas: Institute for the Study of Civil Society
Civitas: Institute for the Study of Civil Society
Publication date:
01 April 2015


Our country's health system is highly reliant on overseas health workers who often stay less than a year, as well as agency staff who work on a temporary basis at extremely inflated costs. Many posts in unfavourable specialities such as emergency medicine are currently vacant and there is a severe and growing GP recruitment crisis.

In this report, Edmund Stubbs suggests that these job and training vacancies and our reliance on agencies and overseas staff prove that fears of possible unemployment amongst medical professionals, were training to be increased, are unjustified. The report argues that an increased number of UK trained staff might in fact bring increased competition for posts and thereby help fill positions in less desirable specialities as well as in more remote locations around the country.

The NHS currently spends around £2.5 billion employing temporary staff each year. The report suggests that allocating even a proportion of this sum to the training of UK based permanent staff would in fact save money, as the resultant increased competition for NHS posts would cause healthcare professionals to feel less secure in working for agencies, and thus seek permanent positions as demand for temporary staff is reduced.