Patient care is at risk as NHS faces substantial deficit, says think tankBMJ 2015; 350 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h1683 (Published 26 March 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h1683
- Gareth Iacobucci
- 1The BMJ
The performance of the NHS in England has rapidly deteriorated under the coalition government in the past two years, a major report from a leading healthcare think tank has said.1
In its assessment of the NHS’s performance since the coalition was formed in 2010, the King’s Fund said that although performance held up well for the first three years of the parliament, the service was now under huge strain, with a real risk that care of patients will suffer as the NHS heads towards a substantial deficit. It said that waiting times were at their highest levels for several years and warned that the current funding gap could lead to “an accelerating decline in NHS performance” if it is not tackled in the next parliament.
The report is the second in a two part assessment of the coalition’s record on the NHS in the run up to May’s general election, the first …