From the TUC

Three reasons why Philip Hammond should Fully Fund Our NHS

01 Nov 2016, by in Public services

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  1. His colleagues are telling him it needs more money

Yesterday the Health Select Committee – a group of MP’s with a Conservative majority – accused Theresa May and Jeremy Hunt of giving the “false impression” that the NHS was “awash with cash”, following the government’s pledge to inject £10bn into the NHS by the end of 2020/21.

In a letter to the Chancellor, the committee called for more NHS funding in the Autumn Statement, warning that “the extent of this [financial] pressure is not sufficiently recognised” by the government. The Shadow Health Secretary also joined his fellow MP’s in criticising the Prime Minister as “disingenuous and misleading”.

  1. Current funds will just plug deficits

Last week, the independent health think tank the King’s Fund said that only 14% of the money supposedly allocated to the ring-fenced NHS ‘transformation’ fund would end up being invested in new services. A whopping £1.8bn of the total cash injection was being used to meet NHS providers’ deficits over the next two years – deficits that amount to 95% of acute hospital trusts being in the red. The organisation’s damning report into the Spending Review, together with Nuffield Trust and The Health Foundation, called this decade “the most austere in NHS history”.

Where NHS England’s budget may rise by £7.6bn between 2015/16 and 2020/21, other health funding will fall by 20% – a cool £3bn. The total 2015/16 deficits amount to £2.45bn. This money will barely touch new models of care, seven-day services, and the other long-term investment promised by the government.

  1. NHS workers say patient safety is at risk

So let’s hear from the people who work in the NHS. Midwives, physiotherapists, GPs, ambulance drivers, mental health practitioners – all saying that underfunding, a lack of staff and service cuts are causing great harm to patient safety and quality of service.

Our campaign calling on the Chancellor to fully – and fairly – fund our NHS is supported by these professionals and many, many more. They see the patients waiting for hours on trolleys in hospitals, the ambulance queues, the long waiting lists for life saving treatments.

They work long, hard, exhausting hours to deliver the best care they can with diminishing resources, low morale and an increased demand on health services. They are the experts, and they can see it quite clearly: the NHS urgently needs more money to keep on caring for everyone.

Read more about the TUC and the NHS Support Federation’s campaign.

25 Responses to Three reasons why Philip Hammond should Fully Fund Our NHS

  1. David jenkins
    Nov 2nd 2016, 11:52 am

    I’ve paid my taxes for almost 50 years, which means I’ve supported the NHS, the only thing needed is the politicians to run theNHS correctly, in other words for the people not profit and their own back pockets,

  2. tony fox
    Nov 2nd 2016, 2:29 pm

    NHS Chaplaincy Volunteer

  3. Tina Clayton
    Nov 2nd 2016, 2:35 pm

    Our taxes and national insurance pay for the NHS in our working lives, as well as our pensions.
    Stop raping and pillaging our money for your own greed and lining the corporate pockets. It’s not yours to do that.

  4. Karen sandoz
    Nov 2nd 2016, 4:11 pm

    I am a District Nurse and I do not think that the Government and the Public appreciate the pressures of working in Primary Care especially when patients are discharged home with no packages of care and families who cannot or won’t help.

  5. Ellen Graubart
    Nov 2nd 2016, 4:51 pm

    The NHS has been deliberately starved of funding, to prepare it for privatisation and a US type of health service. Of course it should be fully funded. If we can afford weapons to kill people, we should be able to fund a service to save people.

  6. Christine Hodder
    Nov 2nd 2016, 6:22 pm

    The Tory government is deliberately starving the NHS of funding with intent to privatise it. It has worked well for decades without their interference. Give it the money it needs and stop putting money into the hands of those that already have more than enough.

  7. Elizabeth Earley
    Nov 2nd 2016, 8:39 pm

    For a long time we allowed visitors to our country free treatment and that should not be. If you haven’t paid in then you must pay via insurance as a traveller etc. I do agree that like Austrailia and the US if you migrate here you must be self sufficient for a certain amount of time. The NHS was a world leader for free at the point of use for those who worked and contributed via Insurance contributions. Let’s get it back to that with amendments for long and short term visitors and clamp down on health tourists

  8. Gemma Taylor
    Nov 2nd 2016, 11:02 pm

    Healthcare us a right. The NHS should be fully funded

  9. Louise Wilson
    Nov 2nd 2016, 11:07 pm

    It is the people’s health service, put our money into it, people should not go cap in hand or without health services because of their financial situation and this is what the Tories want.

  10. CDW
    Nov 3rd 2016, 11:47 am

    The Nations Health should be regarded as an issue of National Security!

  11. Susan
    Nov 3rd 2016, 4:02 pm

    We want are NHS fully Funded and Free to point that why people pay taxes as it been underfunded deliberately by this government. no to privation we don’t want to be slaves to these corporations

  12. Susan Roberts
    Nov 3rd 2016, 5:25 pm

    We want the NHS fully funded because I have been treated for cancer and there are ongoing problems. I am 68 years of age and very afraid that due to the deliberate underfunding of of the NHS by this government I am very afraid that in the near any further treatment will be delayed or even refused.

  13. Diane Eyers
    Nov 4th 2016, 7:22 pm

    I am very afraid for the future of the NHS. I am scared of myself or my family ever getting ill. I dread the day any of us may need the help of the nhs this is so wrong on many levels, many many things need to be saidsay ,but it will talk too long .We are a wealthy country spend money in the right places and Stop people from other countries abusing the system X

  14. Nicholas
    Nov 4th 2016, 11:39 pm

    There is an elephant in the room:

    The “£8bn” funding under discussion IS NOT money for services.

    It is explicitly money to fund the government’s transformation of the NHS into a version of US private healthcare insurance:

    (Which costs much more than public health systems!)

    The US has more funding and mediocre results because they don’t have UNIVERSAL, COMPREHENSIVE healthcare like the NHS.

    That is what we must defend, and the funding is implicit in those basic demands.

  15. Carol Cocks
    Nov 5th 2016, 7:38 am

    Please defend our Nations pride of Universal and Comprehensive healthcare by ensuring it is a public service available to everyone.

  16. Robin
    Nov 5th 2016, 8:37 am

    The NHS needs our support and should be a priority for the government to look at how it can be run better and more efficiently, elderly and disabled, vulnerable people should be a priority and ensuring enough new staff are recruited. RH

  17. Lynne Naylor
    Nov 5th 2016, 12:13 pm

    The doctors and nursing staff do so much with such little funding, they are overworked and patients are having to suffer delays in treatment. Recruit more staff, direct more money to fund the NHS, so we can keep wards open, fund necessary treatments and look after the health of the nation.

  18. Bernadette simmons
    Nov 5th 2016, 6:59 pm

    National Insurance pay for NHS and Pensions. with all that has gone into this why has the money been taken and used elsewhere? We pay for this service it’s ours by right. We vote you in as PUBLIC SERVANTS so serve us and stop helping yourselves.

  19. Charlotte Peters Rock
    Nov 5th 2016, 9:43 pm

    Over a lifetime, individuals have taken on trust, the promises of a range of Governments and have submitted their funds to run our National Health Service. It has acted as a comprehensive insurance policy for all. Yet over many of those years, money has also been abstracted from that Insurance pot. We gave no permission for that. We are currently in a position where it is those GPs responsible for running our Clinical Commissioning Groups which are being forced to lie to us all, as they claim ‘change’ when what is happening is wholesale removal of our vital services. We had to watch as health care was removed from the NHS, in the claim that this was ‘only social care’. The practice was that it mean whole families being further denuded of funds, to keep one individual, because of a means tested system, tightened up a notch until there is currently nothing left, except very over-expensive commercial care, which does not serve us at all adequately, nor was it ever designed to. We hear constantly of ‘bed blockers’. That perjorative term is used by this uncaring and profligate Government, to cheat the old and young.

  20. Catherine Glynn-Davies
    Nov 6th 2016, 9:28 am

    We can afford to fund the NHS. This is not about the money not being there. This is about choices the Government are making, there are too many links between our politicians and corporate interests. The NHS belongs to the people. It is not an ‘asset’ to be run down till it’s worth nothing and then sold off piecemeal for peanuts so that working class people get a 2nd class service. We need to act now.

  21. Soraya Billimoria
    Nov 6th 2016, 10:22 pm

    We need to make sure that the £8b is used for actual services within the NHS rather than the dismantling in preparation for further privatisation that the Tory party is renowned for….setting up healthcare in line with the American system falls short off the mark and this government (and any proceeding ones) must stop putting our public funds into the hands of those that only have profit over people at heart….

  22. Marie Ellen O’sullivan
    Nov 7th 2016, 7:18 am

    Support all GPS nurses all medical teams everyone

  23. Marie Ellen O’sullivan
    Nov 7th 2016, 7:18 am

    Support every gp

  24. gillian Moore
    Nov 7th 2016, 8:08 am

    The NHS belongs to the people not the Tory party it is paid for by the people please make sure the funds are available so the NHS is available to all & STOP trying to privatise it to people who are only interested in making a profit !!!

  25. gillian Moore
    Nov 7th 2016, 8:12 am

    Leave our NHS alone Stop trying to Privatise it the NHS belongs to the people paid for by the people please ensure funding is available instead of spending mullions on wars spend it on the NHS