Latest Issue
Special Reports
Latest Special Report

Staff shortages left the NHS vulnerable to the Covid-19 storm

We are seeing the consequences of years of workforce planning failures

By Anita Charlesworth  

Photo: Victoria Jones/PA Images

The NHS has been a source of national pride and gratitude throughout the pandemic as healthcare workers have risked their own lives to care for others in extraordinary ways. But systemic weaknesses in the health service are making it hard for the UK to cope with the latest surge of Covid-19 patients. The very real risk of the NHS being overwhelmed has now led to a third lockdown.

Workforce shortages are a critical barrier to increasing NHS capacity, and are reportedly a key reason why the Nightingale field hospitals have not been fully mobilised despite the intense pressure…

Register today to continue reading

You’ve hit your limit of three articles in the last 30 days. To get seven more, simply enter your email address below.

You’ll also receive our free e-book Prospect’s Top Thinkers 2020 and our newsletter with the best new writing on politics, economics, literature and the arts.

Prospect may process your personal information for our legitimate business purposes, to provide you with our newsletter, subscription offers and other relevant information.

Click here to learn more about these purposes and how we use your data. You will be able to opt-out of further contact on the next page and in all our communications.

More From Prospect