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BMA responds to comments made by NHS figures on funding and sustainability

Responding to comments made about NHS funding at today’s Public Accounts Committee (PAC), Dr Mark Porter, BMA council chair, said:

“Two key figures in the NHS have admitted what we already know: there is not enough money to fund our health service. The government talks about injecting £10bn into the NHS, yet in reality the increase in health spending is less than half of that.

“Instead of outlining a plan to deal with the crisis, the government has tried to play down the pressure that services are under. The government cannot continue to stick its head in the sand. Our hospitals are in the red, GPs are unable to keep up with the number of patients coming through the surgery door, patients are suffering and staff are working under impossible conditions.

“With transformation plans likely to make up to £26bn in cuts to health and social care across the country, now more than ever we need a bold plan from the government and a commitment to invest what is needed – on both fronts, the government is falling well short.”

ENDS

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. During today’s Public Accounts Committee, Chris Hopson, Chief Executive, NHS Providers said he doesn’t believe the NHS has got all the money it needs to deliver what it’s being asked to.
  2. When being questioned on £4bn capital budgets raided for revenue, Simon Stevens, chief executive of NHS England said “We are not robbing Peter to pay Paul. We are robbing Paul to pay Paul."
  3. The government talks about injecting £10bn into the NHS, yet BMA analysis shows that in reality the increase in health spending is less than half of that.
  4. The BMA’s briefing paper on NHS winter pressures is available here.