Prime Minister's seven-day pledge empty headline grabbing, says BMA
(issued Monday 18 May 2015)
Responding to the Prime Minister's speech on seven-day working Dr Mark Porter, BMA council chair, said:
“Patients should have access to high quality healthcare whenever they need it, and many GP and hospital services are available around the clock, seven days a week.
“What remains much less clear is how the Government intends to translate this announcement into reality.
“Crucially, the £8bn promised by the Prime Minister is the bare minimum needed for the NHS to simply stand still and will not pay for extra services.
“The real question for the Government is how they plan to deliver additional care when the NHS is facing a funding gap of £30bn and there is a chronic shortage of GPs and hospital doctors, especially in acute and emergency medicine, where access to 24-hour care is vital.
“Without the answer to these questions this announcement is empty headline grabbing and shows that even after polling day, politicians are still avoiding the difficult questions and continuing to play games with the NHS.”
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