Following the announcement by prime minister Boris Johnson of an additional £1.8 billion funding to upgrade NHS facilities and equipment, Dr Nick Scriven, president of the Society for Acute Medicine, said:
“Although we cautiously welcome the announcement of these funds, as others say, it will merely start to prop up work that urgently needs doing on NHS buildings. The details on where this money comes from and who decides when and how it will be spent are crucial.
“However, Mr Johnson must be aware that there are even more pressing issues with staff recruitment and retention across an exhausted service that need fixing at least as quickly as the buildings. We would hope that the secretary of state has accurately briefed the PM without any spin or favours to his pet projects.
“We urgently ask both of them to engage with us and other medical organisations to act to make the NHS safe for the millions of people who will need its help over the next months regardless of the political landscape before and after Halloween.”