NHS not sustainable and Theresa May’s £20.5bn funding pledge won’t fix it, NAO warns

The NHS is financially “unsustainable” and the government’s much-trumpeted 10-year plan is inadequate to rescue cancer, mental health and social care services, the National Audit Office (NAO) has warned.

Years of underinvestment have resulted in longer waiting times, critical staff shortages and “substantial deficits” that have been covered up by raiding funds for long-term reform, an NAO review found.

These factors “do not add up to a picture that we can describe as sustainable”, it said.

NHS England’s recently published 10-year plan sets out how it aims to spend the pledged £20.5bn increase in its budget by 2023 to break this cycle.

Full story, on the Independent, 18 January 2019