New teams of experts are to help the NHS recruit the doctors, nurses and
other healthcare staff it needs for the future.
The bodies will advise on issues such as how to provide and pay for the
training which a new staff intake will need.
The new organisations are the National Workforce Development Board, the
Workforce Numbers Advisory Board and the Care Group Workforce Teams.
They will also review particular conditions, such as cancer and coronary
heart disease, to determine how the workforce can best be developed to combat
"This radical overhaul of workforce planning arrangements will ensure
the NHS recruits the extra staff it needs to improve the delivery of patient
"We are committed to having 10,000 more doctors and 20,000 extra nurses
working in the NHS by 2005," said health minister John Hutton.
"Already we are making significant progress. But we know much more
needs to be done."