Phillip Hammond

Chancellor fails to fund our health and care needs

Wed 22 Nov 2017

Responding to today's budget announcments on funding for the NHS and social care, MiP chief executive Jon Restell said:

"The Chancellor is failing to fund the health and care needs of our citizens. The extra money in today’s budget for the day-to-day running of the NHS falls well short of expert recommendations. And there’s nothing at all to relieve the crisis in social care. 

"We will now see two things: longer waiting lists, and managers having to make more decisions about what the NHS can no longer do safely – or can no longer do at all. NHS staff will be under even more pressure than they are already.

"We welcome the Chancellor’s commitment to effectively lift the pay cap by promising extra funding for a pay rise for Agenda for Change staff, something MiP has campaigned strongly for. However, there is much work to be done by the Pay Review Body, unions and employers before we achieve a fair settlement. No one should be counting any chickens."

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