Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Fwd: Underfunded. Underdoctored. Overstretched. The NHS in 2016


Dear Mr Jones,

Underfunded. Underdoctored. Overstretched. The NHS in 2016.

As the NHS faces some of the greatest financial pressures in its history and an ageing patient population with more complex care needs, it is vital that politicians, policy-makers and system leaders work together to create a stronger, more sustainable and patient-centred NHS. A new report by the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) draws on the experiences, views and concerns of consultant and trainee physicians, which added to national evidence, show the grave situation the NHS faces:

  • Underfunded: The NHS budget has not kept pace with rising demand for services.
  • Underdoctored: The UK does not train enough doctors.
  • Overstretched: NHS staff increasingly feel like collateral damage in the battle between rising demand and squeezed budgets.


Our members and fellows believe that the NHS needs a long term plan designed to meet the UK’s health and care needs and to value, support and motivate NHS staff. This plan should:

Ensure NHS budgets keep pace with the rising demand for services.
Take cross-governmental action to relieve immediate pressures on the NHS workforce.
Work with the RCP and other medical royal colleges to improve the working lives of NHS staff.

Please do not hesitate to contact me on Methela.haque@rcplondon.ac.uk or 0203 075 1447 if you would be interested in tabling a parliamentary question about the issues highlighted in this report or if you have any questions.

We look forward to working in partnership with you to hold the government to account on these vital issues.

Kind regards,

Methela Haque | Public Affairs Adviser
External Affairs | Royal College of Physicians
11 St Andrews Place | Regent’s Park | London NW1 4LE
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