Is the NHS funding crisis of our own making?

Key Facts

  • The NHS is half through a decade of record underfunding – lowest average rises (2010/11 -2020/21).

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  • The whole NHS budget has not been protected and the result is cuts to frontline services, especially in public health.

 

  • Nearly half of staff say underfunding stops them doing their job properly – many say its the worst situation they have seen.

 

  • There is a crisis in the recruitment of staff across the NHS – including too few doctors, midwives, paramedics and nurses.

 

  • Per head the government spends less on the NHS than many other comparable countries.
UK health spending is less per head than other comparable countries.
UK health spending is less per head than other comparable countries.

 

  • Large cuts to social care and mental health have added huge pressure on the NHS as there are not enough services outside of hospital.

 

What’s happening now?

 

  • NHS debts are being made the priority and new local plans (STPs) will lead to cuts in services across the country, including hospital and A&E closures.

 

  • Private sector companies like Virgin continue to win big contracts to run NHS services for profit.

 

 

 

  • The temporary closure of services, such as maternity units and A&E departments, is now widespread;