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NHS funding boost could lead to 30,000 more jobs, says Hunt

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An extra 30,000 NHS jobs could be created next year using the £2bn additional funding announced in the government’s autumn statement earlier this month, the health secretary has claimed.

Jeremy Hunt said that part of the money – £1.7bn – would be eligible to secure additional posts for nurses, doctors and other healthcare staff from 2015-2016.

“But the kind of funding we’ve talked about, potentially, could fund up to 30,000 additional posts in the NHS next year”

Jeremy Hunt

The majority of the funding was not the result of a reallocation of existing cash, but had been newly agreed with the Treasury to deal with pressures in the NHS system, he said.

His comments came during a health select committee session in the Commons on Tuesday, where MPs questioned the minister on shortfalls in nursing numbers and the increasing reliance on agency staff within the NHS.

He said: “We don’t believe in targets for a number of new posts, because then people would measure themselves by an input and not an output – and the output has to be improved care or patients.

“But the kind of funding we’ve talked about, potentially, could fund up to 30,000 additional posts in the NHS next year,” he told MPs.

Mr Hunt acknowledged that the NHS was spending too much money on agency staff and stated it was “unhealthy” for some trusts to have become dependent on temporary workers.

“We’ve got into a situation where some staff had decided to become agency [workers] so they can get a higher salary than people on permanent contracts and that’s, in the end, not right for the NHS,” he added. Mr Hunt said that dealing with these issues were a “big priority”.

Simon Stevens

Simon Stevens

As part of the same session, NHE England chief executive Simon Stevens was questioned by MPS about the “alarming” decline in numbers of district nurses over the past decade.

When asked how some of the additional £2bn funding would be used to address this problem, Mr Stevens said he expected a portion of the money to be put towards developing some of the new care models laid out in his Five Year Forward View – the five-year plan for the NHS unveiled in October.

This would help to address the shortfall because some of the models advocated in the plan – such as the Multi Speciality Community Provider – advocated a stronger leadership role for nurses, he said.

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  • "We’ve got into a situation where some staff had decided to become agency [workers] so they can get a higher salary than people on permanent contracts and that’s, in the end, not right for the NHS.” So why not agree to a pay rise instead of moaning about a miserly 1%? I know of an agency nurse who will be earning triple time over Xmas and New Year and is guaranteed the shifts because there is not enough permanent staff to fill them. Cant blame them really.

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  • Where are these additional nurse coming from? The current pre-registration programme has seen a decrease in the numbers of nurses being trainined!

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  • get real I am being down graded through lack of funds mr hunt

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  • Anonymous | 11-Dec-2014 12:17 pm

    problems with reading skills? the article is about new extra funding to be provided.

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  • do we really have to have a video and noisy music when we open up an article to read? NT are fortunate people even want to read their articles at the level of some of them but this feature is a serious disincentive for some readers and especially when on a topic in which they have no interest. thank you for your kind consideration in this matter.

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  • That's a wonderful Picture of that ass Hunt, do you think that's a pig he sees flying past him.

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  • more tory shite

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  • Anonymous 11 Dec 4.06 pm. You are absolutely spot-on. What planet is Hunt living on. How about paying nurses and other allied professionals a decent wage so they don't have to do agency shifts just to pay the bills. This is the biggest load of s*** I have ever read. No wonder the NHS is in a dire state when the Tories are determined to leave staff demoralised.

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  • I have been recently contacted by an agency and offered £38 per hour for days during the week, with extra for nights and weekends. Very tempting as no responsibility! But life in the NHS is so stressful perhaps I'll just go and work in M&S!

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  • I spot his lips moving so know he is lying and claim my £5.

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