Responding to the Chancellor’s ‘summer statement’, Dr Chaand Nagpaul, BMA council chair, said:
“Given this statement was made amid the worst global health crisis in living memory and the Government’s previous promise to give the NHS ‘whatever it needs’, the absence of any new commitment to significant health investment in the speech today is quite frankly astonishing.
“Earlier this year, the NHS was given a cash injection to help it cope with the pandemic – but we cannot afford for this to be a one-off sticking plaster. Doctors and their colleagues have spent the last four months giving their all, often putting their own health at risk, battling this virus on the frontline.
“Even before this crisis, a decade of underinvestment had resulted in record waits for care, a severely depleted medical workforce and services barely able to cope. If the NHS is to not only meet the needs of patients who have had care suspended during the pandemic but also to be ready for a possible second wave, the Government must bring forward significant further investment as a matter of urgency.”
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