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Spend more on NHS or see services deteriorate further, hospital leaders warn

BMJ 2018; 360 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.k175 (Published 11 January 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;360:k175
  1. Abi Rimmer
  1. The BMJ

A lack of funding and staffing shortages have made managing winter pressures “unsustainable,” NHS Providers has warned.

The organisation, which represents NHS hospitals and mental health, community, and ambulance services in England, said that the NHS had reached a “watershed moment,” and it called on the government to accept that the service could no longer deliver what was required of it within current levels of funding.

In a letter to England’s secretary of state for health and social care, Jeremy Hunt, the chief executive of NHS Providers, Chris Hopson, called for the government to “create a sustainable long term funding settlement for health and care.”1

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