The Government will cut the National Health Service’s budget per person in real terms next year, ministers have admitted in official figures for the first time.
Numbers released by ministers show NHS England will face a sharp reduction of 0.6 per cent in real terms of per head in the financial year 2018-19.
The numbers corroborate claims by NHS chief Simon Stevens earlier this month that “in 2018-19, real-terms NHS spending per person in England is going to go down”.
- For a fully funded, publicly owned NHS & social care service.
- No cuts, no closures, no privatisation.
- End the pay restraint for NHS staff.
The Red Cross has just declared the impact of the underfunding of A&E wards as a humanitarian crisis. Wards are full because sick people cannot be sent home with no care as they will die. But social care has been cut so home care is rare. People are dying as they wait for a hospital bed. This is an emergency.
This can all be avoided if only the Government properly fund the NHS. They say they have increased funding, but in real terms, it is effectively a cut in funding per person – and quite simply not enough. They have the money as can be seen by the tax breaks they give to millionaires and large corporations.
“The NHS will last as long as there are folk with the faith to fight for it.” – Nye Bevan, founder of the NHS. The NHS is one of our greatest achievements. We cannot allow it to be undermined and ultimately destroyed.