NHS will not deliver improvements without extra cash, MPs tell Chancellor

BMJ 2016; 355 doi: (Published 31 October 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;355:i5842
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. London

The NHS in England will not be able to deliver the expected transformation as set out in the NHS Five Year Forward View1 without more money, MPs have told the Chancellor, Philip Hammond.

MPs on the parliamentary health committee took the unusual step of writing directly to the Chancellor on 31 October with a public letter that set out their concerns over pressures on the NHS, even before they published a report from their inquiry into the state of NHS finances.2

“We write as members of the health committee to express our concern that the extent of this pressure is not sufficiently recognised by the government,” they said in the letter, saying that they needed to alert the Chancellor to …

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