Dear Department of Health and Social Care,
Jo Churchill has said that the department/government will "increase the workforce by 6,000 more doctors and 26,000 more primary care professionals, such as physiotherapists, social prescribers and pharmacists. NHS England and NHS Improvement and Health Education England are working together with the profession to boost recruitment".
Exactly in what way is this recruitment going to be carried out, is it subject to a deadline and what incentives will the public be given to join or rejoin the health service?

Yours faithfully,
Steven Liddiard

Department of Health and Social Care

Our ref: DE-1309432
 
Dear Mr Liddiard,
 
Thank you for your correspondence of 25 February about NHS recruitment. I
have been asked to reply.

The Freedom of Information Act only applies to recorded information such
as paper or electronic archive material.  As your correspondence asked for
general information, rather than requesting recorded information or
documentation, it did not fall under the provisions of the Act.

I apologise I cannot assist directly.

Yours sincerely,
 
Lucy Ogan
Ministerial Correspondence and Public Enquiries
Department of Health and Social Care
 

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Dear Department of Health and Social Care,
I have received a response from you -
"Our ref: DE-1309432
Dear Mr Liddiard,
Thank you for your correspondence of 25 February about NHS recruitment. I
have been asked to reply.
The Freedom of Information Act only applies to recorded information such
as paper or electronic archive material. As your correspondence asked for
general information, rather than requesting recorded information or
documentation, it did not fall under the provisions of the Act.

I apologise I cannot assist directly.

Yours sincerely,

Lucy Ogan
Ministerial Correspondence and Public Enquiries
Department of Health and Social Care"

The majority of organisations would offer a "SIGNPOST" to help me further. This has not been offered.
Please could I receive information on where I should direct my request

Yours faithfully,

Steven Liddiard

Department of Health and Social Care

Our ref: DE-1309720  
 
Dear Sir/Madam,

Thank you for your correspondence, I am replying on behalf of the
Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC).
 
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Ministerial Correspondence and Public Enquiries
Department of Health and Social Care

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