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GMB comment on damning NHS report

Tuesday, July 5, 2016
GMB Comments On News That A Fifth Of NHS Finance Directors Say Patient Care Will Deteriorate In 2016/17

Today’s report is yet another damning indictment of a government who isn't prepared to properly fund the NHS says GMB

GMB, the union for NHS workers, commented on the news that 21% of NHS finance directors say patient care will deteriorate in 2016/17, according to a report released today.

The report, which coincided with the 68th anniversary of the NHS, was conducted by the Healthcare Financial Management Association and surveyed around 200 finance directors in England. (See notes to editors for a link to a guardian article on the report).

Sharon Holder, GMB national officer for the NHS, said "Today, as we mark the 68th Birthday of the NHS, we know all our public services are under threat by a government who doesn’t see their value and certainly doesn't want to invest in them.

The Leave campaign went to great pains to use the NHS as a political tool in their aims to convince the public our NHS could be saved if we exiting the EU. Yet, of the 200 NHS Finance Directors who took part in the report, 21% said patient care will deteriorate in 2016/17. Not very comforting if you are a patient waiting for that much needed appointment or treatment

Today’s report is yet another damning indictment of a government who isn't prepared to properly fund the NHS."

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Notes to editors

1 NHS finance chiefs warn of poorer care and longer waiting times

 https://www.theguardian.com/society/2016/jul/05/nhs-finance-chiefs-warn-poorer-care-longer-waiting-times

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