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The Strength in Numbers coalition urges MPs to vote for workforce planning amendment to the Health and Care Bill

See the latest information and briefing on workforce planning in the Health and Care Bill.

The coalition of over 100 health and care organisations behind the #StrengthInNumbers campaign has issued a briefing urging MPs to vote to keep the Lords’ amendment to the Health and Care Bill that will guarantee independent assessments of how many health and social care staff we need now and in future.  

You can download a briefing and see the full list of organisations in the coalition at the bottom of the page. 

Throughout the passage of the bill, a coalition of health and care organisations – including the Royal College of Physicians – has been calling for an amendment to mandate the regular publication of independent assessments of current and future workforce numbers in the Health and Care Bill.  

Peers in the House of Lords voted to accept this amendment 171 to 119 on 3 March 2022, meaning it currently stands as part of the bill.  The coalition, which has grown to over 100 organisations, is asking MPs to vote in favour of this Lords’ amendment when the bill returns to the House of Commons on 30 March 2022.  

Clause 41 as amended by the Lords now provides a mechanism for attaining clarity about the number of health and social care staff we need now and in the future. Without this amendment, we will continue to fly blind on NHS and social care staffing.   

Government has so far dismissed amendments on workforce planning on the basis that ‘Framework 15’, commissioned by the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC), will look at the drivers of workforce supply and demand and ‘help to ensure’ we have the right numbers of staff. But Framework 15 was first published in 2014, last updated in 2017, and yet there is no agreed, publicly available assessment of workforce numbers now nor into the future. 

The DHSC has also commissioned NHS England (NHSE) to produce a ‘long-term workforce strategy’. But there is little detail on whether it will cover both health and social care professions, what time-period it will span, whether it will be regularly refreshed or, crucially, if it will include numbers of staff needed based on population demand.  

Regular, independent public workforce projection data will not solve the workforce crisis. But a collective national picture of the health and care staff numbers needed now and in future to meet demand will provide the strongest foundations to take long-term strategic decisions about funding, regional and specialty shortages and skill mix. We hope progress will be made on regular workforce projections given the strong cross-party and sector support.  


Who's involved


  1. Academy of Medical Royal Colleges
  2. Action Kidney Cancer
  3. Age UK
  4. Alzheimer’s Society
  5. Association for Palliative Medicine of Great Britain and Ireland
  6. Association of British Clinical Diabetologists
  7. Association of British Neurologists
  8. Association of Cancer Physicians
  9. Asthma and Lung UK
  10. Bliss
  11. Blood Cancer UK
  12. Bowel Cancer UK
  13. Brain Tumour Charity
  14. Brain Tumour Research
  15. brainstrust - the brain cancer people
  16. Breast Cancer Now
  17. British and Irish Association of Stroke Physicians
  18. British Association of Dermatologists
  19. British Association of Sexual Health & HIV
  20. British Cardiovascular Society
  21. British Geriatrics Society
  22. British Heart Foundation
  23. British Medical Association (BMA)
  24. British Nuclear Medicine Society
  25. British Pharmacological Society
  26. British Psychological Society
  27. British Society for Haematology
  28. British Society for Rheumatology
  29. British Thoracic Society
  30. Cancer Awareness for Teens & Twenties
  31. Cancer Black Care
  32. Cancer Research UK
  33. Cancer52
  34. Centre for Mental Health
  35. Chartered Society of Physiotherapy
  36. Children with Cancer UK
  37. Children’s Cancer and Leukaemia Group
  38. Clinical Genetics Society
  39. CLL Support
  40. Crohn's & Colitis UK
  41. Diabetes UK
  42. Faculty of Dental Surgery of The Royal College of Surgeons of England.
  43. Faculty of Physician Associates
  44. Faculty of Public Health
  45. Faculty of Sexual & Reproductive Healthcare
  46. Faculty of Sport and Exercise Medicine
  47. Grace Kelly Childhood Cancer Trust
  48. Health Foundation
  49. Independent Age
  50. Intensive Care Society
  51. Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust
  52. Kidney Cancer UK
  53. Macmillan Cancer Support
  54. Marie-Curie
  55. Medical Schools Council
  56. Mencap
  57. Mental Health Foundation
  58. Mesothelioma UK
  59. Mind
  60. Myeloma UK
  61. National Voices
  62. Neurological Alliance
  63. NHS Confederation
  64. NHS Providers
  65. Nuffield Trust
  66. One Cancer Voice
  67. Ovacome
  68. Ovarian Cancer Action
  69. Pancreatic Cancer UK
  70. Parkinson's UK
  71. Prostate Cancer UK
  72. Rethink Mental Illness
  73. Royal College of Anaesthetists
  74. Royal College of Emergency Medicine
  75. Royal College of General Practitioners
  76. Royal College of Midwives
  77. Royal College of Nursing​
  78. Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
  79. Royal College of Occupational Therapists
  80. Royal College of Ophthalmologists
  81. Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health
  82. Royal College of Pathologists
  83. Royal College of Physicians​
  84. Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow
  85. Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh
  86. Royal College of Psychiatrists
  87. Royal College of Radiologists
  88. Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists
  89. Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh
  90. Royal College of Surgeons of England
  91. Sarcoma UK
  92. Society for Acute Medicine
  93. Society for Endocrinology
  94. Solving Kids Cancer
  95. Stroke Association
  96. Sue Ryder
  97. Target Ovarian Cancer
  98. Teenage Cancer Trust
  99. The King's Fund
  100. The Richmond Group
  101. UK Kidney Association
  102. UNISON
  103. Young Lives vs Cancer
  104. Young Minds