Responding to an open letter from 2000 senior doctors published in the BMJ on NHS funding, Dr Mark Porter, BMA council chair, said:
“The entire profession has been calling out for help over the last few weeks but these requests seem to have fallen on deaf ears. The BMA has repeatedly raised concerns, both publicly and with the government, that the current NHS funding settlement is inadequate to deliver the standard of care which patients deserve and that doctors and our colleagues in health and social care want to be able to provide.
“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, patients are suffering and staff are working under impossible conditions. The system is at breaking point and it’s not just our hospitals that are facing these issues - GPs are conducting millions more consultations every year while also facing a recruitment crisis
“The government must urgently look at the long-term funding, capacity and recruitment issues facing the system as a whole if we are to get to grips with the pressures the NHS faces year in, year out, but which are compounded during the winter months.”
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 BMA’s briefing paper on NHS funding can be viewed here.