Tory government has forced budget crisis on NHS services and is doing nothing to end it

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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4 thoughts on “Tory government has forced budget crisis on NHS services and is doing nothing to end it

  1. Dez

    What he states is the truth of the matter…..unfortunately such party poopers are soon safely promoted or replaced by a total Hunt lookalike or worse “taken out” permanently by fair means or foul.

  2. Barry Davies

    The whole system is at fault, but with a useful idiot like Hunt allegedly running, or more like ruining it, there is never going to be any alteration of value for anyone other than big business’

  3. Fibro confused

    Locally to me in Shropshire, we have only one Neurologist for the whole county and serving occasionally in Wolverhampton too. No new patients are being put on the list, that’s me stuffed. No spinal surgeon(If my neck crumbles anymore I fear the worst) and no Ophthalmic consultant either. So that’s three large areas of our NHS unmanned, two have left the country (no guesses for why) the other is on long term sick leave (again no guesses for why. We are chronically short on doctors and nurses. This situation is being repeated in every county.

    This government is tearing the fabric and the people of this country apart and their loving every minute of it.

    The film A Christmas Carols lead character is Scrooge (May, Green, Hunt) every time I listen to their pitiful excuses and none replies all I hear in my head is have they no workhouses and reduce the surplus population. The Tories are fixed in the Victorian era, money greed and extravagance, it’s bizarre when you think about it.

  4. NMac

    I would add that the Tory government is very deliberately and maliciously forcing the NHS into debt and crisis. This is not an accident its deliberate policy.

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