Responding to news that the Health Select Committee says the government is incorrect to keep claiming it is allocating an extra £10bn to the NHS in England over the next five years, Dr Mark Porter, BMA chair of council, said:
“The BMA has been urging this Government to be honest about NHS funding for some time and our calls are now being echoed by experts and interested parties from all sides of the political landscape. The prime minister and chancellor need to explain how exactly the NHS will keep up with rising demand without the necessary investment. Theresa May talks about injecting £10bn into the NHS, yet in reality the increase in health spending is less than half of that.
“The NHS is already the most efficient health care system in the world. The notion that the funding crisis can be solved with further efficiency savings is a myth, and these are not savings, they are year-on-year cuts that have driven almost every acute trust in England into deficit, led to a crisis in general practice and a community and social care system on the brink of collapse.
“The NHS needs urgent action to put it on sustainable financial footing. 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.
1. The BMA wrote to the Chair of the Health Select Committee requesting assurances about the sustainability of the NHS – you can view the letter here.
2. You can read our briefing on NHS funding, which gives our analysis on NHS funding and efficiency savings, here.