Letter from NHS Providers to Rt Hon Rishi Sunak MP
NHS Providers has urged the chancellor to make good on his personal commitment that the health service will have what it needs to deal with the costs of COVID as he finalises his spending review in the next few days.
In a letter to Rishi Sunak ahead of the 25 November spending review, the organisation which represents all of England’s NHS hospital, ambulance, community and mental health providers, says the health and wellbeing of hundreds of thousands of patients is at risk.
The letter argues that the latest NHS performance figures, published yesterday, show that the health service is facing two major, new, COVID-19 generated, pressures which must be addressed as quickly as possible:
- a rapidly growing backlog for routine planned surgery
- a deeply worrying rise in demand for mental health services