“The Chancellor today rightly acknowledged the immense pressure the NHS is under. We are pleased by the confirmation in today’s budget there will be additional funding provided to cover the costs of the much needed removal of the pay cap. We also welcome the capital funding that has been announced which will help the transformation agenda for STPs – however this, along with the additional revenue funding announced will only go some way towards alleviating the pressures on the NHS. It falls far short of the funding that has been called for by patients, the public and across the health and care sector – funding which is desperately needed to allow us both to sustain the NHS and to transform services and the way they are delivered for the better.
“The difficult decisions that clinical commissioners and their colleagues across the system are having to make on a daily basis are already starting to become impossible choices – it must be acknowledged that the level of support offered by today’s budget won’t change this. Our members will continue doing their utmost to ensure their patients and populations are provided with the best possible healthcare, but can only do this within the funding they are allocated.”
22 November 2017