9 effects of underfunding
We all want an NHS that has safety at the heart of its service to the public. There is now evidence, however, that lack of funding has already led to compromises in safety due to issues of staffing levels, rationing and delays in treatment.
A delay to a patient’s treatment can be due to various reasons, some are obvious, such as too few staff leading to a long wait in A&E or lack of equipment resulting in a delay to carry out a procedure or treatment.
The Government has always maintained that there will be no cuts to frontline services - money must be saved through efficiency savings, and the NHS budget is ring-fenced, it says. In reality the healthcare budget has been cut and frontline services are being axed.
In January 2016 the government began a major top-down reorganisation of the NHS in England that introduced 44 STP areas that are all are well into their 5 year plans with the primary goal of saving money and balancing the budget. Cuts to services and reduced quality of care are two consequences of these ongoing plans.