The end of expensive agency staff is on the horizon as ministers plan to hire thousands of British trained nurses to meet the shortfall.
Concerns are rife that the UK will face a massive gap when it comes to the supply of medical staff once Brexit kicks in. Jeremy Hunt, UK Health Secretary, is keen to lower the £3b that the NHS regularly spends on agency staff.
With locum nurses charging £2,000 per shift ministers are worried that a steep rise in the annual bill is unsustainable if Brexit results in a mass exodus of experienced nurses to the EU.
The ruling Conservative party has pledged to spend more on the NHS over the next five years and cost-cutting is necessary to ensure that funding is used in the best possible way.
Ministers feel that efficiency is the key to maintaining existing standards and improving upon the figures that the NHS currently delivers. Over the following five years the Conservative party estimates they will be pumping some extra billions of pounds into the NHS.