This is not because we have less staff overall. Rather, it’s because of a growing and sustained mismatch between worker-demand and worker-supply.
A vicious cycle emerged during austerity and worsened through the pandemic. Without transformational productivity gains, this mismatch between activity and demand means greater workload and pressure on each individual health and care worker.
We need a long-term vision for the future. In creating that vision, there are few better sources than workers themselves. In 2021/22, IPPR recruited a workforce assembly – across the NHS, social care, and unpaid care – to define a new vision for health and care work. Through assembly deliberations and further research, we have developed these principles into a 10-point policy plan for the future.
Snakes and ladders: Tackling precarity in social security and employment supportAcross the country, people are trying to make ends meet, build financial security and pursue their aspirations. But, in a vicious cycle of snakes and ladders, many are being pulled down into poverty.
Making markets: The City's role in industrial strategyTo tackle climate change, we need a significant increase in public and private capital investment.
Broken hearted: A spotlight paper on cardiovascular diseaseProgress on cardiovascular disease was a significant driver of better health and prosperity in the latter half of the 20th century, however progress has recently stalled – with indications it may be in reverse.