Andrew Taylor, a partner at Aldwych Partners, has written for the Health Service Journal (HSJ) this week on how efforts to clear the elective care backlog are likely to feed into higher clinician labour costs, even without a national pay rise.

Clinicians willing to work extra time are likely to gravitate to those opportunities where higher pay may be on offer, such as NHS staff banks – where there is no equivalent to the cap on fees paid to agency staff – and fast-growing NHS clinical insourcers. Policy makers should be alert to the potential for unintended consequences as they increase funding and place pressure on NHS trusts to clear the backlog.

The HSJ article follows on from an earlier blog on this issue which is available here.