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Doctors’ response to Queen's Speech
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28th May 2015
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 The real question for the Government is how they plan to deliver more care when the NHS is facing a huge funding gap and there is a chronic shortage of GPs and hospital doctors, especially in emergency medicine, where access to 24-hour care is vital
 Dr Mark Porter
Responding to the Queen’s Speech which included plans to ensure the NHS works on a 7-day basis, Dr Mark Porter, BMA council chair said:

“Doctors believe that patients should have access to high quality healthcare as and when they need it. The NHS already provides many GP and hospital services 7 days a week.

“The real question for the Government is how they plan to deliver more care when the NHS is facing a huge funding gap and there is a chronic shortage of GPs and hospital doctors, especially in emergency medicine, where access to 24-hour care is vital."

Commenting further, Dr Porter said:

“General practice is already struggling to cope with rising demand from an ageing population, carrying out 40m more consultations a year than in 2008 while also facing a recruitment and retention crisis. At the same time, many hospitals have been pushed into financial deficit, affecting the delivery of services and threatening the quality of patient care. With existing services struggling to cope, the Government must explain how it will fund and staff more GP and hospital services.

“Greater integration of health and social care is vital to delivering high quality, joined-up care to an ageing population with more complex health and social care needs. It is crucial, however, that both health and social care are properly funded to avoid an already overstretched NHS budget being used to prop up a social care budget that has been gutted in recent years.

 It is crucial ... that both health and social care are properly funded to avoid an already overstretched NHS budget being used to prop up a social care budget that has been gutted in recent years
 Dr Mark Porter
“Implementing the Five Year Forward View means finding billions of pounds of savings on top of those recently made from an NHS which is already the most efficient health service in the world. We need an open and honest debate on whether and how this can be achieved without patient care being affected.

“During the election campaign promises were made by all parties to protect the NHS. The government must act on this cross-party support to make supporting the NHS a priority in this parliament to ensure it can rise to the enormous challenges facing it.”


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