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Flexible workers vital for NHS, says REC

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The Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) have said that contractor’s play a major role in ensuring standards are maintained in the NHS.

The REC have concerns that flexible workers may suffer due to NHS budget slashing.  The statement explains that motivated staff play a key role in improving patient experience and providing high quality care in the NHS – the body of skills and knowledge NHS staff develop cannot be easily replaced.

The REC also explains that effective management of a flexible NHS workforce will be vital in ensuring standards of quality and safety is maintained at a time of considerable financial pressure. 

Alyx Peters, Vice-Chair of REC healthcare and herself a former surgical nurse said, “Increased flexibility will allow services to respond to unexpected circumstances effectively. Just because costs need to be reduced that does not mean demand has gone away. If standards of care are to be maintained and improved, the health service has to look at new ways of working.”

She added, “Temporary workers are a vital part of the NHS workforce and not just a budget line to be slashed. If there is not enough clinical staff on the wards and those that are there are pushed to breaking point, patient care is the inevitable casualty. A world class NHS needs world class management.”

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