NHS funding announcement “should not be lauded” by government – SAM president

Following the announcement today of a £6.2 billion funding increase for the NHS next year in chancellor Sajid Javid’s spending review, Dr Nick Scriven, president of the Society for Acute Medicine, said:

“While any pledge of funding to try to tackle some of the challenges facing the NHS is always welcome, it should in no way be lauded by the government as the level of neglect has been so great that it will take years to become stable let alone make progress.

“I am truly fearful for the service this winter with the spectre of a more severe influenza season and the impact of the pensions crisis which, I believe, will be as damaging – if not more so – than any fallout from a no deal Brexit on the ability of the NHS to deliver safe and effective services.

“Thanks to this inaction, largely overshadowed by the Brexit shambles in Parliament, we are approaching the busiest time of the year with senior clinical (and non-clinical) staff reducing their working hours and not doing the overtime that has often been the difference between coping and not.”