Now millennials are killing the NHS.
We can’t do anything right, can we?
Apparently, younger workers want flexible hours and career breaks, while the health service needs to fill tens of thousands of positions in the next 10 years.
It has been singled out as one of the reasons why the NHS staffing crisis is predicted to escalate in the coming years.
We won’t mention the countless hours and ridiculous overtime worked by exhausted, under-paid junior doctors – because it’s clearly all the fault of millennials.
A new report by Health Education England (HEE), which is responsible for the health service’s workforce, has found the NHS will need 190,000 new staff by 2027.
However, under the current recruitment plan, only 72,000 workers will fill the quota.
Professor Ian Cummings OBE, chief executive of HEE, told The Times: ‘We are already seeing that the younger generation are wanting different things.
‘They’re wanting more flexibility to choose when they work. They’re wanting to work for a couple of years and then perhaps go travelling for a year.
‘Indeed, we are seeing a reduction already in the numbers of hours that people are working.’
The report Finding The Facts, Shaping The Future: A Health Care Workforce Strategy for England To 2027 explores how the NHS can meet the demands of Britain’s ageing and growing population.
It is facing pressure as the population of the country has swelled by 2.1 million in the last five years, with a large increase in the number of elderly people in the last decade.
HEE has launched a consultation to recruit workers and retain existing staff in a bid to ensure the supply of workers from within the UK, as the service relies on staff from abroad.
More than half of NHS staff surveyed said they worked unpaid overtime every week, and a significant number said they were unable to deliver the level of care they aspired to.
Prof Cummings added: ‘Continuing with a business as usual approach to workforce planning is no longer sustainable.
‘There needs to be a major shift in the ways we plan in order to make sure we can meet the health needs of the country’s diverse and growing population in the future.’
In a statement, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said: ‘NHS staff are our health service’s greatest asset, but for too long, governments of all parties have taken a short-termist approach to NHS workforce planning.
‘We need a proper plan that stretches beyond any electoral cycle, and secures the supply of NHS staff for future generations.
‘This important work kick-starts that process.’
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