The future of the NHS was a major issue in the General Election, writes Ipswich Council Leader, David Ellesmere.
The Conservatives promised to invest an extra £8bn a year by the end of this Parliament. It looks like that money might have to come sooner rather than later.
NHS Trusts reported a deficit of £822m in the last financial year, more than seven times the previous year’s.
Rising demand, increased use of agency staff because there aren’t enough trained nurses and failure to meet planned efficiency savings are being blamed.
The last reason is particularly worrying. The Government’s plans rely on the NHS making £22bn of savings. Early efficiency savings are always the easiest so if the NHS is already struggling that could mean the black hole in the NHS’s finances is even bigger than previously admitted.