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What’s next on the cards for the NHS?

By Rob Muddiman on 22 Jun 2017

The current state of the NHS and what will happen over the next four years is uncertain as pressure mounts on the treatment of the NHS and its staff. Staff pay and ward closures are just a few of the many ongoing issues that the current government will face, as well as the knock-on effects on other areas within the NHS such as general practice and pressures on junior doctors.

Over the next five years the Conservatives have promised an extra £8bn for the health service. Policy analysts have called this amount “deeply disappointing”, with the Health Foundation predicting a funding gap of £12bn over the next four years, furthermore, extending the squeeze on the NHS finances over the next two years, as the demand for new treatment and maintaining current levels of care increases.

The Tory government have also promised a new Mental Health Bill, the first in 30 years, alongside 10,000 extra staff for services. Mental Health services however, have not been allocated any extra funding, the overwhelming strain continues due to the cuts made to local authorities and the continual increasing demand. 

Mental Health services for children have taken a hit with a third of Mental Health workers stating that their service is facing cuts or closure. 67 per cent revealed that waiting times for these services had increased over the last five years. Despite the NHS last year promising to invest an extra £1bn a year into Mental Health services by 2021, last month it was revealed that spending on these services is to be cut in five regions in England. Conflicting promises doesn’t help but hinder those who require these services.

There are extensive challenges that face the NHS, the post-election result hasn’t made it any clearer with what will happen to Health service that many people across Britain rely on. Clarity and reassurance is needed in just about all areas of the NHS.

Are there any services within the NHS that you feel may affect you? Let us know your thoughts, please get in touch with Rob Muddiman at TPP Health & Social Care on 020 71989 6080 or email rob.muddiman@tpp.co.uk