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GMB Responds To NHS Funding Report

Thursday, May 24, 2018

 

GMB RESPONDS TO NHS FUNDING REPORT

NHS funding hasn't kept pace with inflation and the health service has been chronically short changed by the Conservatives says GMB.

GMB, the union for NHS staff, has responded to a report claiming taxes are going to have to rise to pay for the NHS.

The Institute for Fiscal Studies and Health Foundation said the NHS would need an extra 4% a year - or £2,000 per UK household - for the next 15 years. [1]

Kevin Brandstatter, GMB National Officer, said:

“This report confirms what we have been saying for years – NHS funding hasn't kept pace with inflation and the health service has been chronically short changed by the Conservatives.

“This shortage of cash, alongside the Health and Social Care Act 2012, has created a toxic mess.

“While people are desperately waiting to be treated, the Government is having a little chat about whether they have a funding plan for the NHS. 

“There’s no doubt some of the funding will have to come from tax rises,  but plenty of savings could be made by ending privatisation and all the subsequent transactional costs.”

ENDS

Contact: GMB Press Office on 07958 156846 or at press.office@gmb.org.uk

Notes to Editors

[1] http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-44230033

 

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