NHS will be £21 billion short by 2022. This huge funding gap means we’re likely to continue to see waiting times getting longer, patients suffer and staff be even more overstretched.
But it doesn’t have to be this way.
Right now, the Chancellor Philip Hammond is working on a budget for the year ahead. He can decide to give the NHS the money it needs. So no patients has to suffer because of cuts to the NHS.
Please ask your MP to call on the Chancellor to use this Budget to provide a fair and sustainable funding for the NHS.
To: Chancellor, Philip Hammond MP
Fully Fund our NHS
The government should fully fund our NHS. Call on the Chancellor to use the Autumn Statement to provide fair and sustainable funding for health and social care.
Why is this important?
Our NHS faces the biggest financial crisis in a generation. Across the country, our NHS and social care services are facing financial crises as a result of an unprecedented squeeze on funding that is set to last until 2020 at the earliest.
Despite the best efforts of NHS staff this is beginning to affect patient care. From waiting lists to A&E, from cancer treatment to ambulance call out times, things have got progressively worse over the last 5 years.
Leaked evidence from the new NHS Sustainability and Transformation Plans hints that local closures and service rationing will result as the NHS struggles to find billions in savings imposed by the government’s funding squeeze.
The NHS needs to change. We need a more joined up service for patients from GP surgeries to hospitals through to community and mental healthcare. But this cannot happen on the cheap.
The NHS needs proper funding to enable it to meet the demands of our growing and changing population. And this is affordable. If we invested as much per head of population on our health services as France, Germany or the Netherlands, it would raise billions in additional funding that could make a genuine difference.
Ask the Chancellor to fully fund our NHS.