Members of Council at the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) have written to the chancellor, Philip Hammond, setting out their concerns about the capacity and resources needed to meet the demands on the NHS.
The letter was signed by RCP president Professor Jane Dacre and 55 members of Council, representing 34,000 doctors across 30 specialties and 1,000 physician associates.
The signatories are fully committed to the NHS and want to work with the government to build on the NHS’s achievements. However, they say in their letter that the increase in patient need is outpacing the resources available and that government needs to be 'realistic about the level of sustained investment that is required to maintain the quality of our health and care services'.
The Council members say:
NHS staff are currently doing a fantastic job in a challenging environment to minimise the direct impact that system pressures are having on patients. However … goodwill is being relentlessly and unsustainably drawn upon.
In this budget, we urge you to give health and social care the resources that they desperately need … Without sufficient investment in the NHS, social care and public health interventions, patients are at risk of avoidable harm, and the future sustainability of the NHS is under threat.
The list consists of members of RCP Council – 56 in total. Please note that signatories have signed in their capacity as RCP Council members and not in relation to their NHS trust.
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