RCoA responds to calls from Simon Stevens and major health charities for more NHS funding

Responding to a call for increased NHS funding from the Chief Executive of NHS England, Simon Stevens, as well a separate joint-call from the Health Foundation, the King’s Fund, and the Nuffield Trust, Dr Liam Brennan, President of the RCoA said:  

“We support these calls for increased funding for the NHS, at a time when the health and social care system and its workforce are under pressure as never before.

“In the RCoA’s recommendations for the upcoming Autumn Budget, we have called for the introduction of a ring-fenced capital fund for the NHS in order to maintain and refurbish our hospitals so they can be places where patients feel safe and have the facilities that make staff feel valued.

“We would also echo today’s joint-call from health charities and support the establishment of an independent Office for Health and Care Sustainability with a similar operating model to the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR). This body would make non-partisan, evidenced-based decisions, to help build a sustainable health and social care system, run by highly motivated staff.

“Long-term trends of changing demographics, of rising demand and acute financial pressures are an unprecedented challenge to health and social care.  If we are to meet this challenge, substantive action needs to happen now. As a difficult winter period begins, we need more than warm words on Budget Day”.

08 November 2017

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