False economies define spending review

Wed 25 Nov 2015

Commenting on the Spending Review, MiP chief executive Jon Restell said

'The front-loading of the extra funding for direct patient services is welcome. But our members will be deeply worried about the cuts to public health and screening services, and the failure to address social care funding. Members working in hospitals know that weakness in public health and social care is a false economy, which increases demand on already stretched services.

'Our members do not believe that £22 billion savings are achievable. Yet this settlement is built on that assumption. Managers’ great fear is that the workforce will bear the brunt through higher workloads, less training and, of course, ongoing pay restraint. This approach represents another false economy in a service already experiencing recruitment and retention problems.

'Ministers have created a false division between direct patient care and other NHS functions. NHS services are delivered by one team working together – frontline services depend on back office staff to deliver safe and effective patient care. Kick the back office and the frontline gets bruised.'

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