We must not underestimate the challenge ahead to deliver ambitious NHS long term plan

03 April 2019

Responding to NHS financial sustainability: progress review by the Public Accounts Committee, the deputy chief executive of NHS Providers, Saffron Cordery said:

“We welcome this frank overview of the NHS financial situation by the Public Accounts Committee, which echoes our own findings.

“It is vital that we do not underestimate the scale of the challenge ahead to meet the broad but welcome ambitions of the NHS long term plan and return the NHS to a sustainable financial footing.

It is vital that we do not underestimate the scale of the challenge ahead to meet the broad but welcome ambitions of the NHS long term plan and return the NHS to a sustainable financial footing.

Saffron Cordery    Deputy Chief Executive

“This report rightly points to the ongoing risks of growing workforce challenges. We will not achieve this vision while there are still over 100,000 staff vacancies across the NHS. We expect the upcoming workforce implementation plan to set out a direction of travel to improve staff retention and tackle these shortages through both overseas recruitment and a commitment to grow the domestic workforce in the longer term.

This report rightly points to the ongoing risks of growing workforce challenges. We will not achieve this vision while there are still over 100,000 staff vacancies across the NHS.

Saffron Cordery    Deputy Chief Executive

“While the report highlights the overall improvement in financial performance, it makes clear that differences in financial position of trusts and CCGs, as well as continuing raids on budgets for NHS buildings and equipment to prop up day to day spending, is unsustainable.

“The NHS long term plan is an opportunity to recover NHS finances. However, it will require realism about the demand challenges facing health and care services.

“Alongside this, we need to see important decisions about funding for training budgets, public health, capital budgets and social care taken in the upcoming spending review.”

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