Jason Parker, KPMG’s Head of Healthcare comments on today’s Autumn Statement.
Jason Parker, KPMG’s Head of Healthcare, said:
“It was really disappointing, but not surprising, that the Autumn Statement has failed to address the funding crisis in the NHS." After no mentions of the service in the 2016 budget, we had hoped that at least some of the burning issues would be addressed today.
“Mr Hammond said the Government is committed to delivering the £10bn needed to drive forward the Five Year Forward Plan as announced in 2015, but the truth is that the maths of NHS funding no longer works. Demand for services continues to rise as do costs of delivery, and yet funding does not match it. We are at the stage where quality of service delivery can no longer be taken as a given as we can see from recent Care Quality Commission findings. The UK’s spend on its health system should be on par with other European countries. The country’s spend on healthcare as a proportion of GDP puts us at the thirteenth worst in Europe, which doesn’t feel right.
“I would have liked to have seen more funding allocated to driving forward ‘Sustainability and Transformation Plans’ as they move from planning to the reality of difficult execution. Investment in the workforce of tomorrow, rather than today is also becoming critical.”
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