18 / 11 / 2014
Few issues are as important to the public as the future of the NHS and at the general election next year they will demand a full and frank response to the question: “How will the NHS be funded in the future?” We have some sense of how the political parties might begin to answer that question, but it is clear the public will need more.
This is submission to the Health Select Committee's inquiry into public expenditure on health and care is an evidence-based and solutions-focused response by the NHS Confederation.
In our last two submissions to the Committee on this issue, we offered robust warnings about the impact rising costs and flat funding was having on our members’ ability to deliver the quality of care demanded by patients. We nonetheless took a measured approach in our evidence and resisted the temptation to shroud wave at a time when the NHS continued to generate a sizeable annual surplus.
It is now unthinkable for us to provide a submission without raising serious alarm about the current state of NHS finances and highlighting the urgent need for action.
We are extremely concerned about the diminishing financial position of the NHS and, while we have emphasised this ongoing trend for some time, we think the NHS has now reached a point at which finances could collapse quickly.