NHS Providers has warned that the health service ‘can no longer deliver what the NHS constitution requires of it’ [Image: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images].

See the headline above? That’s the fact of the matter. Don’t let your local or national newspaper avoid the issue by avoiding mention of the government, as the Graun has.

It isn’t ‘NHS services face impossible budget crisis’ – because that makes it seem the NHS is at fault. The NHS isn’t at fault.

The Tory government is at fault for failing to fund the NHS properly, and for allowing private companies to asset-strip the service, making it less able to manage itself.

Put the blame where it is due: Tories messed up the NHS – nobody else.

Frontline NHS services face “mission impossible” in meeting next year’s targets, health trusts have said.

Longer waiting lists for operations and delays at accident and emergency departments in England loom under the present financial constraints, said NHS Providers, a trade association that represents acute, ambulance, community and mental health services.

Chief executive Chris Hopson said the government needed to “sit up and listen”, the BBC reported. “NHS trusts will strain every sinew to deliver the commitments made for the health service. But we now have a body of evidence showing that, with resources available, the NHS can no longer deliver what the NHS constitution requires of it.

“We fear that patient safety is increasingly at risk.”

NHS Providers predicted its members would receive £89.1bn in funding in 2017-18, an annual rise of 2.6% but less than the 5.2% demand is expected to grow by.

It warned the number of people waiting more than four hours in A&E would increase by 40% next year to 1.8 million, and the number waiting more than 18 weeks for routine operations would rise 150% to about 100,000.

Source: NHS services face ‘impossible’ budget crisis, health trusts warn | Society | The Guardian

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