Some cancer waits and pressure on elective waiting times are caused by lack of money, MPs hear

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: (Published 13 November 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g6809
  1. Matthew Limb
  1. 1London

The NHS will not collapse next year but its problems will get worse because of a lack of money, health economists have told MPs.

Experts from the King’s Fund, the Health Foundation, and the Nuffield Trust have warned of growing pessimism in health and social care about the effect of funding pressure on services. They gave evidence to the Commons health select committee on Tuesday 11 November as part of its inquiry into public spending on health and social care.

John Appleby, chief economist at the King’s Fund, said that it was especially worrying that financial problems were spreading beyond those NHS organisations that had a long history of them. A recent survey …

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