Rob Butler, MP, June 2023 – NHS Long Term Workforce Plan

Aylesbury MP welcomes announcement of record recruitment and reform to boost patient care under first NHS Long Term Workforce Plan


Rob Butler MP has welcomed the news that record numbers of doctors, nurses, dentists and other healthcare staff will be trained in England as part of the first ever Long-Term Workforce Plan published by the NHS – helping to deliver one of the Government’s key priorities to cut waiting lists. Backed by £2.4 billion of funding over the next five years, the plan represents long-term investment to deliver the most radical modernisation and reform of the workforce since the NHS was founded in 1948.

Coming ahead of the NHS’s 75th anniversary, the NHS Long Term Workforce Plan sets out how the NHS will address existing vacancies and meet the challenges of a growing and ageing population by recruiting and retaining hundreds of thousands more staff over 15 years and working in new ways.


Rob Butler, MP for Aylesbury, said:

“This new workforce plan will bring huge benefits locally, helping to tackle the issue of

long waiting times to see doctors. I know how highly local people value the work of NHS staff in and around Aylesbury; this plan is a vital step in the modernisation of the health service workforce that will help ensure the NHS is fit for purpose for decades to come.”

Amanda Pritchard, NHS chief executive, said:

“This is a truly historic day for the NHS in England – for 75 years, the extraordinary dedication, skill and compassion of NHS staff has been the backbone of the health service – and the publication of our first-ever NHS Long Term Workforce Plan now gives us a once in a generation opportunity to put staffing on sustainable footing for the years to come.

“As we look to adapt to new and rising demand for health services globally, this long-term blueprint is the first step in a major and much-needed expansion of our workforce to ensure we have the staff we need to deliver for patients.

 “We will take practical and sustained action to retain existing talent, we will recruit and train hundreds of thousands more people and continue to accelerate the adoption of the latest technology to give our amazing workforce the very best tools to provide high-quality care to millions of people across the country each day.”

The Prime Minister, Rishi Sunak MP, said:

“On the 75th anniversary of our health service, this government is making the largest single expansion in NHS education and training in its history. This is a plan for investment and a plan for reform.

 “In the coming years we will train twice the number of doctors and an extra 24,000 more nurses a year, helping to cut waiting lists and improve patient care. And we will do more to retain our brilliant NHS staff and reform the way the health system works to ensure it is fit for the future.

 “This is something no other government has done and will be one of the most significant commitments I will make as Prime Minister – acting as the cornerstone for our vision for a better, more modern healthcare system and putting the NHS on a sure footing for the long term.”

Health and Social Care Secretary Steve Barclay said:

“The NHS is the biggest employer in the country and holds the affection of the British people because of the staff who work around the clock to care for us. The NHS Long Term Workforce Plan, backed by significant government investment, shows our determination to support and grow the workforce.

“It sets out how we will deliver the biggest expansion of staff training in NHS history, retain more talented people and harness cutting-edge technology.”