Responding to a report published today (Friday) by the National Audit Office, which states that additional funding to help the NHS get on a financially sustainable footing has instead been spent on coping with existing pressures, Dr Chaand Nagpaul, BMA council chair, said:
“This report provides clear evidence that investment designed to help the NHS transform and improve patient services is instead being used to firefight and meet existing pressures and deficits.
“With pressure on NHS services intensifying year on year, we agree with the report’s findings that the short-term funding is not meeting patients’ needs. We urgently need politicians of all parties to come together to agree a long-term, sustainable funding plan for the NHS.”
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 is calling on the UK government to match or exceed the average spend of other comparable European countries on health and social care. This is an area where the UK has been falling short and has been spending less on health as a proportion of GDP than the average of the 10 leading European countries. You can read more about this here.