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NHS needs 4% a year funding rise until 2030, trust heads tell peers

BMJ 2016; 355 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i6167 (Published 16 November 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;355:i6167
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. London

The NHS needs around a 4% rise in its overall budget every year to meet growing and anticipated demand over the next 15 years, health service leaders have told peers.

Chief executives at three large acute trusts gave a blunt message about their perceived underfunding of the health service during a three hour evidence session of the House of Lords NHS sustainability committee on 15 November.

The NHS was approaching a “crossroads,” said Michael Deegan, chief executive at Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, giving evidence during the session for the committee’s inquiry into the NHS’s long term sustainability.

“Our view is that the current path that we are on is taking us rapidly towards an unsustainable position,” said Deegan, also a member …

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