NHS bosses led by the NHS England chief executive, Simon Stevens, who are finalising long-term plans for the health service - which will set out how the £20.5bn is spent - need to include in it a "credible workforce strategy" that plans for an oversupply of NHS staff, given the recruitment problems, the report says.
The three organisations revealed that there is a shortage of more than 100,000 staff across NHS trusts which, based on current trends, could nearly reach 250,000 by 2030.
Mr Murray said: 'They have very little time'. "As things stand, this problem will only get worse over the next decade, putting access and quality of care at risk", said Prof Anita Charlesworth, director of economics at the Health Foundation.
"Unless new NHS staff can quickly be recruited and trained, the NHS simply will not have the workers available to meet the demand for healthcare expected over the next decade".
The leading think tanks have identified a range of reasons for the impending shortages, including: the fragmentation of responsibility for workforce issues at a national level; poor workforce planning; cuts in funding for training places; "worryingly" high numbers of doctors and nurses quitting before retirement age; and the effect of immigration policies.
As a result, the three think tanks said the long-term plan and workforce strategy, both of which are due imminently, must pass five key tests: address workforce shortages in the short term and in the long term, support new ways of working, address race and gender inequalities in pay and progression, and strengthen planning at all levels of the system.
But if skilled workers cannot be attracted from overseas the shortage could reach 350,000 - roughly a quarter of the 1.2million workforce.
Funding for education and training dropped from 5% of health spending in 2006 to 3% in 2018, the equivalent of a £2 billion drop.
He added: "With more and more hospitals looking at restricting services, including closing A&E departments overnight and even shutting chemotherapy units, it's obvious the NHS is in the midst of a staffing crisis".
"After years of government mismanagement, combined with the deepest financial squeeze in history, our NHS is now short of over 100,000 staff - including tens of thousands of doctors and nurses".
One of the greatest reforms of the NHS is not making a "difference to the people of Scotland", auditors have said.
Candace Imison, director of policy at the Nuffield Trust said: "The NHS has a woeful track record in ensuring that the health service has the right numbers of staff it needs in all the right places".