Simon Stevens, the Chief Executive of NHS England has called on the Chancellor to honour the pledge made by Leave politicians during the Brexit referendum and by giving the NHS cash boost in the Budget this month. He warned that NHS performance would worsen and trust in politics would be damaged if the NHS did not get more.
Speaking at the NHS Providers conference in Birmingham on 8 November, Stevens made the funding pledge of £350m per week to spend on the NHS, targeting the central government for the extra money.
He added that the budget for the National Health Service (NHS) next year is well short of what is currently needed to properly look after our patients and their families in their time of greatest need.
Speaking at the same event, the Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt said that the NHS should be first in line to receive any financial savings that come about as the result of Britain leaving the European Union.
The chair of the British Medical Council (BMA) council, Dr Chaand Nagpaul said that the promise of extra funding for the NHS was a key issue at the ballot box during the Brexit referendum, and people rightly expect that promise to be honoured.
This is vital in order to address the current crisis in health service, protect and improve patient care and put the NHS on a sustainable footing for the future, he added.
Responding to Simon Stevens’ speech, the Chair of the Royal College of GPs, Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard said that the College wholeheartedly backs his calls for significantly more investment in the NHS. NHS England’s assessment of the situation is sobering and will cause concern for patients up and down the country.
RCGP need the government to ensure that NHS England’s GP Forward View, including £2.4bn extra a year for general practice and 5,000 more GPs, to be delivered in full as a matter of urgency, she added.
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