If the Government fails to provide NHS with adequate funding more patients will suffer, warns BMA

by BMA media team

BMA Press Release

Location: England
Last reviewed: 2 September 2021

In response to the new report from NHS Confederation and NHS Providers, which sets out the scale of the extra running costs now needed by NHS England Dr Chaand Nagpaul, BMA council chair, said: “The NHS is facing a magnitude of demand that is unprecedented in its history. A projected 13 million patients waiting for treatment, together with emergency care services unable to meet national standards of response times for acutely ill patients and the community. The consequence of the exceptional circumstances of Covid-19 will require exceptional levels of funding, so that we have the workforce, hospital and general practice capacity, equipment, and facilities to meet the health needs of the population.

“The budget in April offered a woefully inadequate £1bn to go towards tackling the ever-growing backlog; failed to offer any significant additional funding for the health service to cope with the impact of the pandemic; and ignored our asks for investment into core NHS funding, people, public health and social care.

“The BMA has calculated that it will cost at least £4.9 billion to tackle the non-COVID care backlog; £9 billion capital funding to cover overdue maintenance costs - £4.7 billion of which is needed to address issues that present a high or significant risk to patients and staff; at least £4.2 billion capital funding for wholesale digital transformation; and £1 billion capital funding for GP premises in order for the health service to get through Covid-19 and ensure that it can meet future demands.

“The Government has a moral duty to commit to giving the NHS ‘whatever it needs’ as per the Chancellor's own words. Failing to provide adequate resources will result in more patients suffering, their health deteriorating, and in many cases not surviving.”

Notes to editors

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