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RCP responds to the spending review

Today, the chancellor Sajid Javid, delivered a spending review statement confirming the NHS’s budget for next year. This is our response to the review. 

Professor Andrew Goddard, president of the Royal College of Physicians said:

'We welcome this summer’s funding announcements for the NHS and the recognition that additional investment is needed in the health and care system.

'The NHS long term plan set out an ambitious direction of travel. But its delivery is at risk without sustained additional investment for the health and care workforce, prevention and social care.

'Our members will be disappointed that the spending review hasn’t delivered the resources that the NHS needs to roll out a long-awaited, ambitious and forward-looking NHS people plan. The story is similar for social care: another quick fix when it desperately needs a long term remedy.

'We therefore urge the government once again to deliver a funding settlement for the entire health and care system that matches the job we all expect it to do.'