In response to quarterly statistics published today (Friday 16 June) by NHS Providers on trust financial deficits, BMA council chair Dr Mark Porter said:
“These figures are yet another warning about the financial crisis that is engulfing the NHS. Let us not forget that this is yet another failed NHS target – the deficit was supposed to be reduced to £580million by now. With politicians consistently missing their own targets, hospitals in the red and GPs unable to keep up with the number of patients coming through the door there is no doubt that our health service is at breaking point.
“The deficit is still a mountainous £791milliom and many NHS trusts are struggling to deliver basic care to patients in a climate of rising patient demand and declining resources. The government haven’t promised enough money to fill the black hole in the finances, and patients are waiting longer, with access to fewer services.
“NHS staff and patients want and need a long term, credible plan to help solve the crisis in the NHS. Politicians of all colours must take these issues seriously - failure to invest now will result in a disaster in the future both financially and in terms of patient health.”