posted on August 11, 2016 08:38
The Nuffield Trust has reported that the only way they can
see that the NHS could close its’ funding gap is by extending waiting times,
restricting surgery, rejecting new drugs and closing hospitals.
Hospitals have reduced their costs by 2% annually over the
last few years but staying at this level would leave the NHS £5.7 billion short
of its target for savings of £22 billion by 2020 to 2021.
Hospitals are becoming 3% busier each year as the elderly
population increases and new treatments are required therefore Dr Gainsbury of
the Nuffield Trust believes that ‘rationing’ of certain parts of the NHS
service could be the only way to slow the growth in requirement for NHS
Concern over the funding shortfall is shared by Diane
Abbott, the shadow health secretary who believes ‘no one has any idea how the funding
shortfall gap can be closed’
Equally Chris Hopson, Chief Executive of NHS Providers
stated that NHS trusts were in an unsustainable position with a ‘widening gap
between what they are expected to deliver and the funding they are receiving’.
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