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NHS funding boost is “well short of what’s needed” to improve care, BMA chair warns

BMJ 2018; 361 doi: (Published 25 June 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;361:k2786
  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. The BMJ

The prime minister’s NHS funding pledge will not be sufficient to halt the immediate pressures that leave doctors “run ragged” and harm patient care, the BMA’s council chair has warned.

Last week Theresa May announced that the NHS in England would receive an average annual funding increase of 3.4% over the next five years.1 In his keynote address to the BMA’s annual representative meeting in Brighton, Chaand Nagpaul welcomed the “belated and desperately needed announcement of increased NHS funding after years of denial.”

But he warned that the situation cannot be …

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