What Happens When No One Wants to Work in Health Care?

Great plans to have universal health care, require people to actually provide health care. NHS forced to prioritise staff wellbeing to tackle escalating crisis.

70 or more years of government control of health care in England, and things are not going great. There are 100,000 vacancies, shortages of both doctors and nurses.

Problems such as bullying and poor work-life balance are not new to the NHS. But “the sheer scale of the current workforce shortage is making organisations think more creatively about how to keep staff happy and motivated”, adds Bailey.

They are trying for more flexible work hours, and doing some small stuff. (The lack of yoga classes are probably not the issue, but maybe they will help with stress.) But unpaid overtime, stress-related illness, working under “unrealistic” time pressures, and more are the real problems.

Those issues from staff were highlighted in a survey from February of this year. NHS England survey reveals ‘alarming downturn’ in staff wellbeing

Other key findings include:

  • A majority (51%) are thinking about leaving their current role and 21% want to quit the NHS altogether.
  • More than three-quarters (78%) feel under unrealistic time pressures some or all of the time.
  • Nearly six in 10 (58%) say they do unpaid overtime every week, though that number is falling.
  • Nearly 28% have suffered back pain in the last year as a direct result of their work, up two percentage points since 2017.
  • Fewer than three in 10 (28.6%) feel their trust takes positive action to improve staff health and wellbeing.

And those 100,000 vacancies have real consequences for care. Record numbers of NHS cancer patients face ‘agonising wait’ to see specialist. “Waiting” in cancer treatment can be a death-sentence, depending on the type of cancer.

In April alone nearly 20,000 people missed the 14-day target to meet with an oncologist

Can’t you just wait for the Socialists to take over medicine in this country?

6 thoughts on “What Happens When No One Wants to Work in Health Care?

  1. BOOM! Been saying this for years…Healthcare is not a ‘Right”. When no one wants to work in Healthcare..Then what???

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  2. @MaddMedic: Then I guess the “right to health care” is realised by conscripting a percentage of the nation’s teenagers and out of work adults into the medical professions, and forcing them to work on pain of imprisonment and beatings. Or something.

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  3. The jobs will be filled by Foreigners. That is happening even as we speak.

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  4. I’m sure it was happening back when the article quoted in the OP was written as well. It wasn’t enough to stem the tide.

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  5. Brexit makes that more difficult than it already was. With the rest of Europe doing pretty good, the doctors from Eastern Europe – who were filling those positions – are staying home.

    And the language problem caused a couple of deaths a few years back when British patients got poisoned by people who didn’t understand English instructions. Caused a pretty big blow up and NHS was talking about imposing some pretty strict language requirements. Don’t know how that turned out.

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