Allure of unpaid help
James Buchan Professor, Faculty of health and social sciences at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh
NHS vacancy levels give new impetus to the use of volunteers, but training is essential
The winter flu crisis has reinforced the urgent need to expand the NHS workforce, with policy attention increasingly focusing on the contribution of volunteers. At a time of staff shortages and cost containment, the attraction of using unpaid local volunteers is all too obvious.
Nursing Standard. 32, 25, 30-30. doi: 10.7748/ns.32.25.30.s21