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Government Promise to NHS Enshrined in Law


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06 FEB 2020


Even though the compelling majority held by the Conservative Government indicates they have considerable support across the country, many people don’t trust politicians. Therefore, it is good to see fact-checking take place when politicians debate, and it is good to know measures are in place to ensure promises are kept.

A lot of promises have been made regarding NHS funding in recent times, and the Queen’s Speech has placed Government promises at the forefront of the new session of Parliament. The Government has announced plans to introduce legislation which protects £34 billion which has already been promised to the NHS. This funding boost is set to be delivered by 2023/24.

Funding will be protected for the NHS
This was a promise made by former Prime Minister Theresa May, with the £20.5 billion payment being equivalent to £33.9 billion in cash terms. The legal commitment provides confidence for healthcare professionals and hopefully is part of an ongoing process which sees the NHS remain integral to this country.

The Queen announced the Government would take legal measures to ensure funding is provided annually for the NHS. The Queen said; “For the first time, the national health service’s multi-year funding settlement, agreed earlier this year, will be enshrined in law. Steps will be taken to grow and support the national health service’s workforce. A new visa will ensure qualified doctors, nurses and health professionals have fast-track entry to the United Kingdom. Hospital car parking charges will be removed for those in greatest need.”

At the start of 2019, the Government said primary, and community care institutions would receive a boost of £4.5 billion by 2023/24 as part of a long-term plan to invest in the NHS.

There is a call for greater support for the NHS
Professor Martin Marshall is the Chair of the RCGP and he has spoken about the pledge, and how it must offer resources for general practice. Professor Marshall said; “'The commitment in law to fund the NHS is both a relief and a necessity. We now need detail and we need general practice to feature prominently in any plans for the future of our health service.”

Professor Marshall continued by saying; “The secretary of state for health and social care has described general practice as the "bedrock of the NHS" and it is – we hope these words, and the Government’s pledges, will be followed by the funding and resources necessary to deliver more GPs, more members of the practice team, and more support for frontline GPs, delivering care to more than a million patients every day.”

The Council Chair for BMA, Dr Chaand Nagpaul, has also spoken out about the matter, saying; “While it’s encouraging to see NHS funding guaranteed in law, the BMA has been clear that the money pledged by the government falls short of what’s needed to make up for years of underinvestment and to meet the rising health needs of Britain in the future.”

Atlantis Medical knows the great work carried out by the NHS, and why this funding is crucial. Safeguarding this investment will hopefully help the institution to flourish for years to come.

 

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