RCoA response to Spring Budget 2017

Reacting to the Chancellor’s Spring Budget, Dr Liam Brennan, President of the Royal College of Anaesthetists, said:

The Government’s decision to allocate £2billion for social care over the next three years is a step in the right direction, but one taken on unstable ground. As anaesthetists working on the front-line, we are acutely aware that the health and social care system is barely surviving on a day-to-day basis.

A lack of adequate social care services all too often impacts the two-thirds of hospital inpatients we treat. The delayed transfers of care that result from inadequate social care provision result in the frequent cancellation of elective surgery that is distressing and potentially harmful for patients and compromises our ability to train the next generation of anaesthetists.

Delivering the highest quality patient care in the safest possible environment is our primary focus. We remain committed to working with government and welcome the announcement of a Green Paper on social care.”

08 March 2017

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