Build a clearer clinical workforce picture to tackle the challenges it faces

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Discussions about the NHS workforce have been prominent in the current election campaign and arose during the recent health debate.

The main parties have made various pledges about increasing the numbers of NHS staff. Conveniently round numbers such as “20,000 more nurses” and “5,000 more GPs” have hit the headlines, but is there the money to fund these roles or the eager trainees to fill them?

Before we get to those questions we need to think about whether we actually need more staff on this scale.

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