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GPs Unable to Cope With Demand as Leaders Admit Funding Shortfall

NHS leaders have admitted that the GPs are struggling to deal with rising patient demand while hospitals are running at full capacity in National Health Service (NHS), which is underfunded. 

NHS leaders raised their anxieties during and after an evidence session held on 11th January 2017 by MPs on the parliamentary public accounts committee for their investigation into the financial sustainability of NHS finances.

During an interview with Sky News, Prime Minister Theresa May said that the government had asked the NHS what it needed for the next 5 years and had given “more funding” than “needed”.

The chief executive of NHS England, Simon Stevens don’t think that the NHS is getting more than they have asked for over five years from the government. He said the matter of fact is that, probably in every part of public services, NHS got fewer funding then they have asked for. So, it would be stretching it to say the NHS got more.

During the evidence session, the chief executive of NHS Providers, Chris Hopson said that the NHS Providers have reached to the point where it can no longer provide everything that has been asked of the NHS.

Soon after the evidence session, the chair of BMA council, Dr Mark Porter said that the government talks about providing £10 billion into the NHS, yet in reality the increase in health expenditure is less than half of that.

He further added that the GPs are unable to keep up with the number of patients coming through the surgery door, patients are suffering and staffs are working under impossible conditions.

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