Disappointing that Government has failed to listen to calls for further investment for the NHS, says BMA

by BMA media team

Press release from the BMA

Location: England
Last reviewed: 23 March 2022

Responding to the Spring Statement1 today by Chancellor Rishi Sunak, BMA council chair, Dr Chaand Nagpaul, said: “Given the unprecedented pressure that the NHS is currently under, with patients experiencing life-threatening waits for care and a serious workforce crisis in the NHS, it is disappointing that the Government has failed to listen to our concerns around under-investment in our recent letter2 to the Chancellor. 

“While the Government has retained its commitment to boost NHS funding through the Health and Social Care Levy, we were disappointed that there was no mention of how they would fund the extra £7billion3 needed to clear the current backlog.

“It is deeply disappointing that the Chancellor has failed to heed the BMA’s call to address the punitive pension taxation rules, which is resulting in many doctors being unable to take on extra work or forced to retire early. This comes at a time of when severe staffing shortages threatens the very sustainability of the NHS and compromises patients' care. The absence of a costed plan to deliver a long-term workforce strategy was concerning, to ensure the NHS has the doctors, nurses and staff it needs to meet the healthcare demands of today and tomorrow.

“With many people at risk of being plunged into further hardship as a result of the rising cost of living there is a serious risk that health inequalities will worsen significantly.”

ENDS

Notes to editors

1. The Spring Statement in full

2. BMA letter to Chancellor ahead of the Spring Statement 2022

3. Analysis from The Health Foundation: Health and social care funding projections 2021 - The Health Foundation

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