Professor Donal O’Donoghue responds to the Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s announcement of a “New Deal”, aimed at putting jobs and infrastructure at the centre of the government’s economic growth strategy.
Professor Donal O’Donoghue, Royal College of Physicians registrar said: “Additional capital funding will be welcomed by those who work in the NHS. It is crucial that this money filters down to the frontline quickly to help ease the pressures of an ageing estate on the workforce and ensure that all NHS and social care staff, and our service users are equipped with the necessary tools to take full advantage of the benefits of digital healthcare.
“But while new pots of one-off funding are welcome, what the NHS really needs right now is a sustainable funding package to support and grow the NHS workforce. This is crucial if the upcoming NHS people plan is to be the ambitious workforce strategy that the NHS really needs. We need more doctors, more nurses, the regulation of physician associates and a culture-change that supports flexibility and improves wellbeing for all NHS staff.
“Crucially, the Government must not forget social care. The past few months have shown as never before how fragile the social care system really is. For too long, we’ve been told that the government will bring forward its plans for social care. There is no time to waste.”
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