Responding to a new report out today from the Kings Fund which shows that NHS providers and commissioners recorded the biggest deficit in NHS history despite stringent financial control, Dr Mark Porter, BMA chair of council, said:
“This is yet another warning to a government with its fingers pushed firmly into its ears, about the financial crisis that is engulfing the NHS following the decisions it has made on public spending. This isn’t something that that can simply be swept under the carpet – the sheer scale of the deficit shows a system buckling under the strain of huge financial and operational pressures.
“We know that the vast majority of the public are worried about the future of the NHS and a majority believe it is heading in the wrong direction. Our own survey found that fewer than one in five people in England trust the government with the NHS.
“Politicians must take this issue seriously. The recent referendum campaign showed how successful the promise of additional NHS funding is at the ballot box and the public’s eagerness to see increased funding for the NHS. The Government should listen to what the public want and draw up a long term strategy for the NHS that addresses the fundamental workload and funding challenges that are overwhelming our health service. Failure to invest now will result in a disaster in the future both financially and in terms of patient health and care.”
Notes to editors
The British Medical Association (BMA) is the voice of doctors and medical students in the UK. It is an apolitical professional organisation 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.
- The survey of 1,240 adults in England was carried out between 7th and 9th June 2016 by BritainThinks. The survey data was weighted to reflect the English population in terms of age, gender, region and social class. You can view the survey results here.