Ahead of next week’s Budget, the RCN is today warning that stealth cuts to funding and short term decision making risk storing up serious problems across the NHS.
The RCN warns that recently announced plans to cut £200 million from the public health budget will have a severe impact not only on these services but on acute care, as patients become sicker from preventable or manageable conditions.
This will increase the burden placed on acute services at a time when the UK is failing to train enough staff and trusts are forced to take on short term staff from overseas. This could have a considerable impact on the NHS’s ability to deliver seven day care.
Dr Peter Carter, Chief Executive & General Secretary of the RCN said: