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NHS capital spending should not be used as 'short-term sticking plaster', warns BMA

Responding to the publication of the 2018/19 Estates Return Information Collection by NHS Digital, Dr Chaand Nagpaul, BMA council chair, said:

“For too long inadequate amounts of money have been used as sticking plasters for short-term solutions in the NHS, gradually depriving our health service of much-needed clinical equipment and buildings that are fit for the 21st Century.

“Day-to-day spending might be keeping our heads just above water, but the Government cannot expect that to be able to continue, let alone for the NHS to improve its productivity, while staff are still working with inadequate equipment, poorly-resourced facilities, and faulty IT systems.

“This is not a sustainable situation, which is why there needs to be a whole system capital spending review to ensure our NHS has the infrastructure it needs in order to deliver safe, effective care to patients both now and in the future.”

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