Skip to comments.Hard times for the NHS
Posted on 07/05/2012 2:04:47 PM PDT by Nachum
Speaking yesterday in the House of Commons, Andrew Lansley announced that the National Health Service was entering a new era. This is certainly true, if perhaps not in the way that the Health Secretary meant. It may well be the case that, as a result of his reforms, we will have a health service where patients are more in control, where clinicians lead services and where outcomes are among the best in the world. Yet there is another crucial difference that marks this new age: namely, that whoever oversees the NHS will have far less money to play with.
In a report today on the health services finances, the National Audit Office points out that many trusts have been running deficits, and have been propped up by Whitehall. It warns that without major change for some providers, the financial pressure
will only get more severe. Across the board, achieving financially sustainable health care is likely to mean changes to how and where people access services in other words, closing under-used hospitals. And the situation will get worse. Every year, the demand for services increases inexorably. Labour addressed this by throwing money at the problem. But there is, as Liam Byrne famously reminded us, no money left.
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