Commenting on the publication of the Department of Health’s annual accounts for 2015/16, Dr Mark Porter, BMA council chair said:
“Another day and another report shows that investment in health isn’t keeping up with demand. Even the National Audit Office has said that there is no long term plan to put the NHS in England on a sustainable footing.
“It is clear that the government prefers to use short term fixes and clever accounting tricks rather than provide enough funding for a decent service for everybody in the country. We’re still seeing hospitals without enough beds, waiting times too high, crushing pressure on mental health services and cuts to the public health budget. The majority of trusts are in the red and the NHS doesn’t have enough staff or resources to meet demands.
“Patients deserve more than sticking plaster measures to help the worsening financial situation. There is no real solution to the £22bn funding gap facing our health service. If the prime minister and department of health are serious about tackling health inequality, then we need to see a long term strategy for the NHS that addresses the fundamental workload and funding challenges that are overwhelming our health service.”
Notes to editors
1. The British Medical Association (BMA) is the voice of doctors and medical students in the UK. It is an apolitical professional association and independent trade union, representing doctors and medical students from all branches of medicine across the UK and supporting them to deliver the highest standards of care.