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MPs urge government to stop “bickering” with NHS leaders and solve funding crisis

BMJ 2017; 356 doi: (Published 27 February 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;356:j1014
  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. The BMJ

An influential committee of MPs has urged the government to stop “bickering in public” with NHS leaders over the funding of the health service in England and provide an honest assessment of how current financial pressures were affecting the care of patients.

In a report published on Monday 27 February the House of Commons Committee of Public Accounts said that public disagreements between ministers and NHS England were damaging at a time when solutions were needed to tackle the severe and unsustainable financial strain facing the NHS.1

Tensions between the government and NHS leaders have risen in recent months after the repeated insistence from prime minister and health secretary that the NHS had received more money than it asked for from the government, a claim that NHS England’s chief …

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