We are facing the “greatest workforce crisis in NHS history,” and the government is endangering patients’ lives by lacking any conclusive plan to address the acute staffing shortages in health and social care.

This is the shocking conclusion of a new report published today from the cross-party Health and Social Care Select Committee. According to its findings, there is a shortage of 105,000 workers in NHS England, making the government’s post-pandemic aim to clear the record waiting lists of 6.6 million by 2024 “unachievable”. At the same time, NHS staff face “unsustainable” workloads in the face of “ever-growing demand”.