Responding to end-of-year financial performance data for the NHS provider sector published today (Thursday) by NHS Improvement, Dr Chaand Nagpaul, BMA council chair, said:
“Today’s figures are a stark warning about the escalating service pressures and financial crisis taking hold of the NHS. This reflects what doctors are saying on the ground - that there is insufficient capacity coupled with record levels of demand, resulting in a deficit worse than expected. This shows that the NHS simply cannot provide the safe, high-quality care that patients deserve within the current funding settlement.
“Without more sustained investment in staff and services, the NHS will continue to struggle to meet demand, and the current workforce will be stretched even more thinly, compounding recruitment and retention problems. It’s time for politicians to act - the NHS urgently needs more funding to halt its decline and put the health service on a sustainable footing for the future.”
Notes to Editors
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