The RCP has responded to Sajid Javid's speech setting out his plans to recover and reform the NHS.
In response to the Secretary of State's speech, Andrew Goddard, president of the Royal College of Physicians, said:
“The Secretary of State’s focus on preventing ill health is welcome. He is right to say that the health of the population and the health of the economy go hand in hand and that this means reducing health inequalities. We eagerly await the disparities white paper and how the Health Promotion Taskforce will achieve this.
“However, change of the kind the Secretary of State advocates requires planning, particularly when it comes the size and nature of the NHS and social care workforce. The Secretary of State’s acknowledgement that there will be no additional funding to support this brings clarity but this will undoubtedly make the challenge all the greater.
“The government must accept the amendment made by the House of Lords last week, which would see regular independent assessments of how many doctors and other health care staff we need to meet demand now and in the future.”