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News: Human: Solving the Global Workforce Crisis in Healthcare



Why is the world on the brink of a workforce crisis in healthcare?

What are the main staffing challenges in different countries around the world?

What are the best ways to tackle these issues and avoid a global disaster?

The world faces a deficit of 18 million health workers. Overcoming this will be the single biggest challenge for healthcare over the next ten years. That’s according to author and KPMG’s global healthcare expert Dr Mark Britnell, who has dedicated his entire professional life to improving healthcare all over the world.

In his new book, Human: Solving the Global Workforce Crisis in Healthcare, Britnell, KPMG’s Global Chairman for Healthcare, confronts the all-important question: How will we provide adequate healthcare for 8.5 billion people by 2030?

Healthcare is one of the largest sectors and employers in the world, worth over $9 trillion USD globally and consuming an average 10 per cent of a country’s GDP. However, it simply does not have enough staff to care for patients anymore, and if swift action is not taken we will soon be engulfed in a workforce crisis with severe implications on a global scale.

So, what is the solution? Human is the first and only book to boldly offer concrete and actionable solutions to navigate the looming deficit and crisis. It comprehensively examines how a staff shortfall is currently being felt across some of the world’s leading health systems - from Japan to Brazil, Australia to Canada - exploring how these countries are each dealing with their own unique staffing challenges and how they are likely to be impacted in the future.

Britnell looks far beyond the obvious approach of increasing headcount and proposes a range of solutions, which he believes will help to grow the capacity to care by as much as 20 per cent to meet the anticipated staff shortfall. He demonstrates how factors such as patient empowerment, entrepreneurial government, digital adoption and improved productivity can all play an important role in helping to resolve the crisis over the coming years.

Following the success of Britnell’s award-winning debut book In Search of the Perfect Health System, which sold in 109 countries, Human shines a much-needed spotlight on a fundamental global issue, and is a must read for anybody who cares about the future of health around the world.

Human: Solving the Global Workforce Crisis in Healthcare (Oxford University Press, $19.95 USD) by Dr Mark Britnell, is out on 18 March 2019


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