Health Secretary cannot support NHS through winter without talking to doctors, says BMA

by BMA media team

Press release from the BMA

Location: England
Published: Thursday 14 September 2023
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Responding to a Government announcement of £200m funding for the NHS this winter, Professor Philip Banfield, BMA council chair, said:

“How can Steve Barclay claim to be shoring up the NHS for winter while at the same time refusing to engage with the doctors he needs to deliver that care? The Government would do well to remember that our NHS treats patients all year round and winter funding is only one part of a much bigger picture. It’s been 135 and 171 days since Mr Barclay met with junior doctors and consultants, respectively. If the Health Secretary really wants to support the NHS through the winter and beyond then his next step should be to re-open talks with doctors and come to the table with a credible offer to put an end to strikes and to demonstrate he does really care about our patients.”


Notes to editors

The BMA is a professional association and trade union representing and negotiating on behalf of all doctors in the UK. A leading voice advocating for outstanding health care and a healthy population. An association providing members with excellent individual services and support throughout their lives.