Today our report on Cutting the Costs without cancelling the services is published. The NHS budget has been ring-fence but we are uncomfortable with other public services being asked to make sacrifices, but not the NHS. NHS funding has doubled in the past 10 years; doctors salaries have increased 23-25% since their new contracts; fraud detection is practically non-existent; there are still unacceptable inefficiencies and money is still being committed to new hospitals before a nationwide strategic review is undertaken.
Julia Manning, 2020health chief exec spoke on this subject on yesterday’s The Big Question on BBC1. She said in principle it isn’t fair for other public services to shoulder the whole burden of costs reduction, it doesn’t reflect the increased NHS funding, and it detracts from the critical issue of us all taking more responsibility for our health and reducing demand.