Headlines: April 10th, 2000

The Government’s decision to target for improvement the way the NHS plans its workforce has been hailed as a vital first step in making better use of public money.The Kings Fund’s health policy analyst Anthony Harrison said: “Planning future requirements for doctors, nurses and other health professionals together rather than separately is a basic necessity for the NHS. Up to now, it has been carried out poorly and often inaccurately.”

He said the improvement would tailor an NHS workforce to match what citizens needed from it.

In a major report published earlier this year, the King’s Fund pre-empted some of the latest thinking with a call for a more sophisticated approach to workforce planning in the NHS.