Investment lies at the heart of many of the NHS’ struggles in recent years, or the lack of.
This year’s Budget, while recognising the importance of mental health by allocating some of the NHS pot to more targeted support in this area, in reality it does not deliver any new funding outside of the additional £20billion announced some time ago.
In the North East, services across the board face another crippling winter and beyond that the pressures show little sign of slowing.
The budget was a chance for the Chancellor to listen to calls from the BMA and independent think-tanks which warned that the NHS needs an additional four per cent a year, not the 3.4 per cent that has been previously promised, but the Government failed to listen.
The Government must prioritise patient care by affording the right amount of investment that will deliver the forward-thinking, sustainable NHS we all need.
Dr George Rae
BMA North East regional council chairman