Responding to the Spring Statement
, Niall Dickson, chief executive of the NHS Confederation, which represents organisations across the healthcare sector in England, said:
"Today’s statement is a missed opportunity, giving no clear signal that the government is going to act to address the crisis in our NHS and care system.
"The twin tasks facing the Chancellor therefore remain - support NHS and the care services to help them deal with intolerable pressures today, and lay out a comprehensive plan to create a sustainable NHS and social care system for the next 10 to 15 years.
"It is time for some political courage. We cannot go on as we are with unsafe services, lives lost and lives ruined, because we are unwilling to invest. And with that the public agrees.
"And to be clear this is a system-wide crisis affecting every branch of the system from hospitals to family doctors, from social care to mental health services, from ambulances to community health.
"There are signs within the government that some have begun to realise the challenge now being faced every day by our members and the urgent need for longer-term solutions.
"We must all do everything we can to convince them that this is the right thing to do politically, but more important, the right thing for all of us who rely on our health and care systems."