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NHS staff shortages show need to liberalise occupational licensing


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The twin problems of NHS staff shortages and slow vaccine rollout show the urgent need to reform occupational licensing, argues the IEA’s Editorial and Research Fellow Professor Len Shackleton.

Writing for CapX, Len flags that medicine is not the only area where these rules presents problems – the “profusion of licensing” makes it much more difficult and expensive to enter many occupations.

The need to liberalise these rules, Len adds, is all the more urgent in the current economic climate as both the young and old face bleak career prospects.

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