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Health service finances are at crunch point, says NHS Providers

BMJ 2016; 355 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i5635 (Published 18 October 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;355:i5635
  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. The BMJ

The government cannot expect to “have its cake and eat it” by restricting NHS funding while expecting services to stay at current levels, a senior NHS leader has warned.

Chris Hopson, chief executive of NHS Providers, the body that represents NHS trusts in England, said that the health service had reached a “tipping point” where it was being asked to deliver services “that it simply cannot carry on delivering for the funding available.” He also called for a proper debate with the public about increasing NHS funding and the consequences of continuing under the current financial squeeze.

Hopson’s remarks came after the Guardian reported that the prime minister has told NHS England’s chief executive, Simon Stevens, that the government’s autumn statement would contain no extra money for the NHS.1 Theresa May is reported to have told Stevens that the NHS should focus on making further efficiency savings to plug the £22bn …

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