There has been a “disastrous failure” of NHS workforce planning creating a “boom and bust” approach, MPs say.
The Health Committee said little thought was given to long-term planning as managers strived to hit “demanding” government targets.
MPs said vast rises in staff numbers had been followed by redundancies, cuts to training and recruitment freezes.
They added regional health bosses had to make planning more of a priority and ministers stop “micromanaging”.
The findings come after leaked Department of Health planning documents at the start of the year showed there would be a shortage of GPs and nurses and too many hospital consultants in four years time.
NHS staff planning ‘disastrous’