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UK lagging behind other countries on staffing levels and number of beds available
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5th May 2015
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 This study once again highlights the stark reality of the pressures facing the NHS, and the effect that this is having on patients, and exposes the outlandish and unrealistic election pledges made by politicians of all parties in the run-up to the general election
 Dr Mark Porter
Responding to the research from the Economist Intelligence Unit into how the resourcing of the NHS compares with other countries in the OECD, Dr Mark Porter, BMA council chair, said:

“The Economist Intelligence Unit’s findings that the UK is lagging behind other wealthy countries on both staffing levels across the health service and the number of beds available to patients will come as no surprise to those NHS staff working on the ground.

“This study once again highlights the stark reality of the pressures facing the NHS, and the effect that this is having on patients, and exposes the outlandish and unrealistic election pledges made by politicians of all parties in the run-up to the general election.

“The EUI’s warning about the levels of staffing across the NHS comes as the BMA’s latest research shows that in the last year just over a quarter of doctors have considered leaving the profession, while a third of GPs are considering retiring from general practice in the next 5 years. This is at a time when politicians from all parties are trying to outbid each other on the number of new GPs they can magically produce in the next parliament.

 Whoever holds the keys to No. 10 after Thursday has a duty to commit to having an open and honest public debate on the future of the NHS and how they will address the system wide pressures it faces
 Dr Mark Porter
“What is positive is the EIU’s finding that the gap between the care received by patients in the UK on low incomes and those on higher incomes is smaller than most other OECD countries. This supports the BMA’s call for the health service to continue to be free at the point of delivery, publicly funded and patient centred.

“As part of the BMA’s ongoing No More Games campaign we have been calling for an end to the political game playing with the NHS. With just days to go until the general election this is more important than ever. Whoever holds the keys to No. 10 after Thursday has a duty to commit to having an open and honest public debate on the future of the NHS and how they will address the system wide pressures it faces.”


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