According to doctors’ leaders, serious problems in the National Health Service (NHS) must be tackled in the new general election, which is scheduled to take place on 8 June.
On 18th April 2017, the Prime Minister Theresa May made announcement about the general election, citing the need to challenge opposition she has encountered over Brexit from Labour, the SNP and the Liberal Democrats.
Responding to the news, Dr Mark Porter, the chair of British Medical Council (BMA) has called on politicians of all parties not to duck the crisis in the NHS any longer.
Dr Mark said that Hospitals and GP surgeries were full and social care was “on its knees”. NHS staffs were working under impossible conditions due to funding and staffing shortages that undermined the delivery of safe care.
He further added that NHS staffs have ensured that NHS still have one of the best health services in the world, but years of underinvestment while patient demand has been increasing means that it is now failing too many people, too often.
The chair of the Royal College of GPs (RCGP), Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard also highlighted the urgent need to keep patient care at the forefront of the discussion over the next 7 weeks.
She said that the GP Forward View offered the chance to guarantee quality care for patients for years to come if it was delivered in full, adding that it does matter who wins the election as long as the new government acted to tackle problems arising from the NHS.
The Director for policy, employment relations and communications at the Royal College of Midwives, Jon Skewes said that the college want to see the new government invest in the NHS, invest in the welfare, and invest in maternity services and pay of NHS staff so that they can provide safe and high-quality services for the people they care for.
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