Help reveal the impact of NHS underfunding

Tony O’Sullivan, Retired Paediatrician in Lewisham

“The NHS staff are very committed to keeping the NHS going and it remains something of huge pride, but I know that a lot of services get through by people doing unpaid overtime to massive degree”

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Sophie Galloway, GP Partner in West Sussex

“There is just not enough funding and we are seeing an increasing number of patients with mental health issues in general practice. It is a large amount of the patient population and a lot of my workload as a result of there not being health services there.”

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Louise Irvine, General Practitioner

“We’ve cut the number of district nurses. We’ve lost all our community matrons. There are going to be cuts to the health visitor numbers in Lewisham. In Bromley they are going to abolish school nursing altogether. In Southwark they are making big cuts to health visiting.”

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Christopher Gee, Orthopaedic Registrar

“There just isn’t the social care package available at short notice for these patients, they often end up sitting in hospital at weeks at a time, just waiting”

 

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Emma Corlett, Unison steward at the Norfolk & Suffolk Mental Health Trust

“In my experience it is hard to do you job. There aren’t enough staff”

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Rob Galloway, A&E consultant

“It’s very hard working in the NHS at the moment especially at the sharp end in A&E. I speak to my colleagues up and down the country this isn’t isolated to one hospital, it’s seen everywhere”

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Tell us your experience of underfunding

Help explain how pressure on resources affects your job.

  • What is it like working under pressure in the NHS? What kind of compromises do you have to make? Do patients suffer as a result of lack of resources? How does it feel to work in the NHS at the moment? Are you optimistic about the future?
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