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Change in funding needed to save the NHS


5 January 2015

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The current NHS funding patterns have been labeled “inefficient for tax payers and bad for patients” by NHS Chief Executive, Simon Stevens.

Despite the £2bn promised by George Osborne, Stevens has predicted a “public backlash” if health services funding is not increased during the next parliament.

Speaking to the Financial Times, he criticised the “boom-bust” attitude towards funding and said:

The current NHS funding patterns have been labeled “inefficient for tax payers and bad for patients” by NHS Chief Executive, Simon Stevens.

Despite the £2bn promised by George Osborne, Stevens has predicted a “public backlash” if health services funding is not increased during the next parliament.

Speaking to the Financial Times, he criticised the “boom-bust” attitude towards funding and said:

“Either we have a thoughtful, sequenced series of annual real funding increases, building on next year’s ‘downpayment’ against which the health service can plan and make the necessary efficiencies, or we have a heavily constrained squeeze.”

Stevens outlined a five-year plan last October to identify the £8bn-a-year funding gap in the NHS budget even though radical changes to relieve pressure on staff aimed to slash £22bn from annual costs. 

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