Following the chancellor’s budget announcement of an extra £2.8 billion in funding for the NHS which includes £350 million for this winter, Dr Nick Scriven, president of the Society for Acute Medicine, said:
“The additional £350 million will just about cover agency spend this winter if it has not already been earmarked or spent by trusts which are covering debts from last year.
“We have frontline staff working harder than ever and achieving daily miracles managing to patch together safe care for those who need it and that will continue despite this increase.
“Over the last 15 years, the number of people requiring admission has risen by 40% while the number of available acute medical beds has fallen by 20%.
“For as long as the government fails to provide the investment adequate for an NHS which is contending with older, frailer and more complex patients then we will struggle to compete against the eternal pressures we face.”