The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow today (Monday 3rd June) welcomed the publication of the “Interim NHS People Plan”, but called for the report to be backed with urgent action to address the workforce crises within the health care system.
Speaking after the publication of the report, Professor Jackie Taylor, President of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow said:
“Our College welcomes the publication of NHS England’s Interim People Plan today. It’s definitely a move in the right direction.
“We wholeheartedly support the proposals here to improve the working lives of medical professionals, and the recognition that much more needs to be done to retain experienced staff within the health service. These must be taken forward without delay. Now that we’ve taken these first steps, this report must also be backed with urgent action to address the serious issues it raises, including the expansion of medical schools across the UK.
“It’s also vital that we address the issue of pension reform for senior consultants if we’re to retain our most experienced NHS staff. I hope that the consultation exercise proposed in this paper will be brought forward without delay so that we can find a solution to this problem which benefits both staff and the wider interests of the health service.”