NHS Confederation chief responds to King's Fund agency spending feedback
“We are seeing a system under significant pressure which is demonstrated most intensively in acute trusts, with widespread performance challenges and almost nine out of ten predicting a deficit this year. We need a system which supports our acute hospitals and ensures they deliver good care.
“Today’s report also highlights the need for a long-term NHS workforce strategy to ensure that the right number of appropriately trained and skilled health and care workers are in place to meet the needs of a 21st century NHS.
“Short-term initiatives around agency staff and capping pay will make a contribution to NHS finances but will not be the whole answer.
“The NHS will need to explore all aspects of spending to tackle the big challenge of delivering £22 billion of recurrent savings by 2020. We are working with national bodies and other NHS partners over the summer to bring our members closer into the discussion and to understand how the NHS might close the finance gap set out in NHS England’s Five Year Forward View.”