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England’s NHS And Care Services Need 1.1m Extra Staff By 2031, Finds Study

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England’s NHS and care services need 1.1m extra staff by 2031, finds study

The NHS and social care services in England will need more than 1.1 million extra staff over the next decade to keep up with growing demand, research suggests.

The huge expansion in both workforces would mean those in need get the care they require and ensure that standards of health treatment do not drop. But boosting staff numbers so dramatically would require the government to put up to £86.4bn more into the services, according to the Health Foundation thinktank.

The extra personnel in both sectors will be needed because of the ageing population, a rise in people with long-term illnesses and the backlog of healthcare caused by the Covid pandemic, it says.

The NHS and social care workforces are already facing shortagesand there are fears that the stresses of dealing with Covid, the impact of Brexit and dissatisfaction with pay have all pushed staff out.

“If the government doesn’t take action now to invest in the workforce, the NHS and social care system are likely to face a decade of increasing staff shortages,” said Anita Charlesworth, the thinktank’s director of research.

She said 5.6 million people were already waiting for hospital care and the health service “desperately needs more staff”. The NHS in England has 94,000 vacancies, including for 9,691 doctors and 38,952 nurses. Personnel shortages are the biggest threat to the NHS’s quest to tackle the backlog, she added.

“Despite the more immediate challenges posed by Covid-19, the government must not lose sight of the underlying demand and cost pressures facing the NHS and social care over the long term and the need to plan better to increase the workforce to meet this demand,” Charlesworth said.

The Health Foundation estimates that expanding the NHS workforce by the numbers necessary will cost between £63bn and £72bn by 2030-31. Giving social care the workers it will need will cost between £8.9bn and £14.4bn, it believes.

It also warns the government that although it is already putting huge sums into the NHS, it will have to go even further than the extra investment in health and social care that will follow the 1.25% rise in national insurance starting next April, which will lead to “a major balancing act of priorities”.

Without a commitment to investing the sums it suggests, healthcare could fall “well short of the standards available in western Europe”, the thinktank adds.

Saffron Cordery, the deputy chief executive of NHS Providers, which represents health trusts in England, said: “The gaping chasm between service demand and workforce supply is a huge concern. It must be addressed as a matter of urgency if we are to protect our staff from burnout alongside meeting rising demand pressures and recovering from the Covid-19 pandemic.

“Persistent staff shortages have normalised excessive workloads and stress at work across the NHS, which has led to the loss of far too many of our highly valued staff.”

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F.G Approves Establishment Of Teaching Hospital In Taraba

The establishment of a Federal teaching hospital in Taraba State has been approved by the Federal Government.

Approved by President Muhammadu Buhari, the teaching hospital is to be sited at the federal university in Wukari Local Government Area of the State.

In a letter dated 26th of September 2022, the President gave the nod to the leadership of the institution to go ahead with the establishment of the health institution.

The letter which was signed on behalf of the Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, by the Director of Health, Teaching Hospital Division, Dr. Noah Andrew, urged the leadership of the university to make sure that all the needed facilities are in place.

“I am directed to refer to a letter dated 2nd September 2022 referenced SGF 6/T/380 from the Secretary of the Government of the Federation to inform you that His Excellency, President Mohammadu Buhari, has graciously approved the establishment of a federal teaching hospital for the federal University, Wukari, Taraba State”, the letter read in part.

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Kaduna Enrolls 136,507 Into Health Scheme

The Kaduna state government has disclosed that it has enrolled about 136,507 poor and vulnerable population into the Kaduna State health insurance scheme.

Head of Administration and Finance, Kaduna State Contributory Health Management Authority (KADCHMA), Mr Suleiman Mustapha, disclosed this in Kaduna, during a one-day Roundtable Dialogue on maternal and child health.

The Maternal and Child Health-Civil Society (MCH-CS) Partnership with support from Save the Children International organised the round table.

Mustapha said 79,329 poor and vulnerable populations were enroled for free basic health under the one per cent consolidated revenue of the state government.

According to him, the state government had so far released N1.1 billion to cover the basic health care services of the poor and vulnerable.

He also said an additional 50,648 poor and vulnerable population were enroled under the Basic Health Care Provision Fund, adding that a total of N1.1 billion had also been contributed to cover their healthcare.

KADCHMA Executive Secretary , Mr Abubakar Hassan, said the agency was established in February 2018 and began provision of health services in June 2020.

According to him, the health scheme is part of the state’s human capital development and social protection strategy for all residents.


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55,000 Die Of Rabies Annually In Nigeria- USAID

The United States Agency For International Development USAID has disclosed that at least 55, 000 Nigerians die of rabies every year.

It said rabid dogs account for about 94 percent of confirmed human infections.

This was revealed by Mieko Mckay, Deputy Office Director for Health, USAID Nigeria, in Abuja on Monday during the launch of the National Strategic Plan for Elimination of Dog-Mediated Human Rabies in Nigeria.

The event was organized by the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development in collaboration with the Federal of Health and Breakthrough ACTION -Nigeria and other partners ahead of this year’s World Rabies Day.

Country Representative, World Health Organisation, Walter Mulombo, represented by his deputy, Alexander Chimbaru, said there were recent cases in Gombe and Enugu States.

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