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27th March 2015
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 Staff have done as much as they can to protect and improve patient care but, as this report lays bare, after years of underfunding the cracks are beginning to show
 Dr Mark Porter
Responding to a report by The King’s Fund, which found the coalition government will leave office with health services under significant strain and a real risk that patient care will suffer as the NHS heads towards a deficit, Dr Mark Porter, BMA council chair said:

“This report highlights the damage done to the NHS by the Health and Social Care 2012, which distracted attention from rising pressure on services and cost billions to introduce.

“Staff have done as much as they can to protect and improve patient care but, as this report lays bare, after years of underfunding the cracks are beginning to show. Patients face longer waits for treatment, services are stretched close to breaking point and staff are under unsustainable pressure.

“The NHS is the best health care system in the world, and the most efficient - there is no fat left to cut without patient care being hit. The report makes clear that further cuts to front-line staff pay are not a solution to the funding crisis in the NHS. Instead they leave staff feeling demoralised and devalued at a time when they’re working harder than ever to deliver for patients.

 ...politicians of all parties must stop using the NHS as a political football
 Dr Mark Porter
“With an election weeks away, politicians of all parties must stop using the NHS as a political football. Rather than short-term political game playing, the NHS needs a long-term, fully funded plan to protect patient care, support front-line staff and ensure it can rise to the enormous challenges facing it.”



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