- The NHS is half through a decade of record underfunding – lowest average rises (2010/11 -2020/21).
- 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.
- We have less beds and doctors per head than many 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?
- The government is demanding more efficiency savings as record underfunding continues
- 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;