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Strength in Numbers – another opportunity to push on workforce planning in 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 peers to support and vote for Amendment 29 in lieu tabled by Baroness Cumberlege to the Health and Care Bill.  

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, but MPs subsequently voted to remove it on 30 March 2022. This means that the Health and Care Bill once again gives no clarity on how many staff we need to deliver care now or in future. 

The coalition of over 100 organisations is asking peers to support and vote for amendment 29 in lieu tabled by Baroness Cumberlege.  

This amendment will ensure the bill 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 continues to dismiss amendments on workforce planning on the basis that the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has commissioned a ‘long-term strategic framework’ - or ‘Framework 15’ – to look at the drivers of workforce supply and demand. It has also asked NHS England (NHSE) to produce a long-term workforce plan. But Framework 15 was first published in 2014, last updated in 2017, and yet there is no publicly available assessment of workforce numbers now nor into the future. And according to Baroness Harding, government blocked the inclusion of projected staff numbers in the last NHS workforce strategy the People Plan.  

We hope progress will be made on this important issue so the health and care system has the staff it needs to deliver the care and treatments patients need and expect.  


Who's involved


  1. Academy of Medical Royal Colleges
  2. Academy of Medical Sciences
  3. Age UK
  4. Alzheimers 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 UK and British Lung Foundation
  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, 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. Action Kidney Cancer
  53. Kidney Cancer UK
  54. Macmillan Cancer Support
  55. Marie-Curie
  56. Medical Schools Council
  57. Mencap
  58. Mental Health Foundation
  59. Mesothelioma UK
  60. Mind
  61. Myeloma UK
  62. National Voices
  63. Neurological Alliance
  64. NHS Confederation
  65. NHS Providers
  66. Nuffield Trust
  67. One Cancer Voice
  68. Ovacome
  69. Ovarian Cancer Action
  70. Pancreatic Cancer UK
  71. Parkinson's UK
  72. Prostate Cancer UK
  73. Rethink Mental Illness
  74. Royal College of Anaesthetists
  75. Royal College of Emergency Medicine
  76. Royal College of General Practitioners
  77. Royal College of Midwives
  78. Royal College of Nursing
  79. Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
  80. Royal College of Occupational Therapists
  81. Royal College of Ophthamologists
  82. Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health
  83. Royal College of Pathologists
  84. Royal College of Physicians
  85. Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow
  86. Royal College of Physicians in Edinburgh
  87. Royal College of Psychiatrists
  88. Royal College of Radiologists
  89. Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists
  90. Royal College of Surgeons in Edinburgh
  91. Royal College of Surgeons of England
  92. Sarcoma UK
  93. Society for Acute Medicine
  94. Society for Endocrinology
  95. Solving Kids Cancer
  96. Stroke Association
  97. Sue Ryder
  98. Target Ovarian Cancer
  99. Teenage Cancer Trust
  100. The King's Fund
  101. The Richmond Group
  102. UK Kidney Association
  103. UNISON
  104. Young Lives vs Cancer
  105. Young Minds