Responding to comments from Lord Kerslake on NHS funding, Dr Chaand Nagpaul, BMA council chair, said:
“This is yet another warning about the worrying lack of funding in the health service. Lord Kerslake knows the ins and outs of Whitehall and his comments should act as a wakeup call for policy makers.
“It is patients who will continue to bear the brunt of a clearly underfunded service. Waiting time targets for hospital care haven’t been met for years and patients face growing delays to see their GP as general practice struggles to cope with demand.
“Ministers should take heed and listen to the warnings of doctors, and to the NHS’ own leaders, and take urgent steps to put the NHS on a sustainable footing.”
Notes to editors
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