It has been announced that record numbers of doctors, nurses and other healthcare staff including dietitians will be trained in England as part of the first ever Long Term Workforce Plan published by the NHS and backed by the Government.
Baroness Harding’s reported promise to “end the reliance on foreign doctors and nurses” fails to recognise the central role that health and care professionals from outside the UK have played in the NHS throughout its history. We are once again disappointed by the focus of this government on restricting those willing to work in the National Health Service rather than investment and support for the health service as a whole.
Following recent concerns by the Royal College of Nursing, the BDA joins other AHPs in rejecting the assertion that Allied Health Professionals (which includes dietitians) are being recruited as replacements for nurses.
Dietitians can now apply to the new NHS Regional Clinical Fellow Scheme in England which aims to provide aspiring clinical leaders with the skills and experience necessary for future system leadership roles.
The BDA and fellow health unions, representing more than 1.3m workers across the UK, have written to the Prime Minister this week urging him to speed up the pay process so NHS staff receive a promised wage rise as soon as possible.