Commenting on the Government's Autumn Statement announced on Thursday 18 November, College President, Professor Mike Osborn said:
‘The pressures on an understaffed workforce pre-pandemic were severe, and the COVID-19 pandemic has intensified the situation.
We strongly welcome the announcement of an independent workforce plan for the number of doctors, nurses and other professionals that will be needed in 5, 10 and 15 years’ time. Recognition that a properly staffed workforce is the only way to deliver the best patient care is long overdue, and we were one of the many health and care organisations that called for this plan.
We welcome the additional NHS funding outlined in the statement which will support the NHS to deliver its key priorities, but we are concerned at the significant tightening of public spending from 2025 to 2028.’