National Voices comments on calls for increased NHS funding

Wed, 21 September 2016

National Voices responds to 'Underfunded, Underdoctored, Overstretched: The NHS in 2016', a report from the Royal College of Physicians.

The Royal College of Physicians has published a report outlining the current state of the NHS. Underfunded, Underdoctored, Overstretched: The NHS in 2016 includes a call for increased funding for the NHS.

Responding to the report, Don Redding, director of policy at National Voices, the coalition of health and care charities, said:

We have known for years that rising demand could overwhelm health and care services, and we are now at the crunch point.

People in different parts of the system are understandably raising the alarm. There is a real need for more money and this autumn is a key time for the new government to signal that it will respond.

But we also have to stop simply plugging gaps in a creaking system, and instead move to a new way of providing supportive care in people’s homes and communities. Health is not just about the NHS – it’s about wellbeing, and how people are supported to live healthy lives.

The things that people most need to stay well are the things that are most underfunded now: preventive support, better conversations in primary care, support to manage conditions successfully, community based holistic support and care provided at home.

That means, in any new settlement, ensuring social care, public health and the Third Sector get real new investment.

For more information, contact National Voices’ Head of Communications, Andrew McCracken, on 020 3176 0737, 07739 981 846, or andrew.mccracken@nationalvoices.org.uk.