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Healthier Recruitment calls for fresh perspective on NHS staffing strategy from new Health Secretary

Healthier Recruitment has welcomed the fresh perspective that the appointment of Matt Hancock as Secretary of State for Health looks set to bring.

As Jeremy Hunt, the UK’s longest serving Health Secretary, steps into the role of Foreign Secretary, the firm is calling for long-term solutions to the chronic staffing challenges the NHS faces in its 70th year.   

Michael Johnson-Ellis, managing director at Healthier Recruitment, commented, “While we hope that the new Health Secretary continues to honour his predecessor’s commitments in areas such as increasing funding and boosting GP numbers in the short-term, we are also confident that Hancock’s appointment will bring fresh perspective around long-term staffing strategy.

“Access to talent is a significant barrier to the future sustainability of the health service. And if we are to continue to deliver the level of care that the UK has come to expect over the past 70 years, we must look beyond short-term fixes such as visa reforms.

“In order to recruit and retain the professionals the NHS needs to thrive in the future, we must focus on developing and pipelining skills and promoting the volume and breadth of careers available within healthcare to entry-level talent. We wish Matt Hancock the best of luck in his new role and look forward to seeing a new strategic direction that new blood inevitably brings.”      

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