Extra £8bn to NHS cannot fund seven day service, MPs hear

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: (Published 12 November 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h6076
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. 1London

Health think tanks have warned MPs that the £8bn of extra funding promised by the government for the NHS in England by 2020 will only maintain the status quo and not help create the seven day service that the government is set on.

The full scale of funding and staff needed for the NHS to cope with growing demand and to provide the same service seven days a week was far beyond what is currently planned, said the leaders of the King’s Fund and Nuffield Trust, giving evidence on 10 November to the House of Commons Health Committee’s inquiry into primary care.

The inquiry is focusing on the recommendations of the report of the Primary Care Workforce Commission published in July,1 whose recommendations included a broader range …

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