One of the biggest challenges facing the health and care sectors is maintaining a skilled workforce. With the number of people living with cancer set to grow from 2.5 million to 4 million by 2030, it is vital that workforce is a priority for the next Government.
Ahead of the General Election, Macmillan is calling on all parties to ensure that by the end of the next Parliament, the health and care workforce is supported and equipped to meet the changing needs of people with cancer.
In order to achieve this, we want to see all parties commit to:
- urgently setting out a clear and ambitious plan for how the NHS will develop a workforce that is able to meet the changing and more complex needs of a growing cancer population
- ensuring the UK’s exit from the European Union will not negatively impact the ability of the health and care workforce to deliver high quality cancer care.
So many things I have to do, do not need to be done by a highly skilled [professional], however they have to be done. I need to be able to target my specialist skills, and not at the photocopier.
Allied Health Professional, from 'Thinking Differently' report