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Report Shines Light On NHS Underfunding

Thursday, April 27, 2017



Union’s members across health service highlight single biggest pressure is demand.

GMB, the union for NHS staff, says a Public Accounts Committee report on ambulance services shines a welcome light on the disparity between funding and demand.

The document [1] says issues highlighted in 2011 are being addressed, but the required action has taken too long.

GMB members across the health service cite demand is their single biggest pressure – and the union welcomes the attention the report brings to NHS funding.

Rehana Azam, GMB National Secretary for Public Services, said:

“Whilst the report has major implications for the NHS, GMB welcomes the spotlight being put on the fact that funding increases for the urgent and emergency services provided by ambulance trusts have not kept up with increasing demand.

“GMB members across the ambulance service tell us the single biggest pressure on them is demand.

“Calls are triaged, resources are deployed but there isn't enough staff or resources to keep up with the demand.

"With a snap General Election called the public have a choice to make:

“Do we properly fund a national health service for all, or let the Tories continue to drive it into the ground with their ideologically driven cuts and privatisation?”


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[1] Contact Tim Bowden on 07917 488162 / for a copy of the PAC report

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