'Unsafe' NHS13th October 2013
Templeton SK (2013) NHS is unsafe, says chief. Sunday Times, 13 October: 1–2
Ahead of a report by NHS England on the state of the NHS in London, Dr Andy Mitchel, medical director for NHS England, has said that the health system in the capital is now at ‘breaking point’.
The report highlights that if London hospitals were to continue running as they do today, there would be a £4bn shortfall over the next seven years. This situation is seen as a precursor to the rest of the country, with the NHS facing a £30bn deficit by 2020.
NHS England maintain that hospital departments need to close, with not all hospitals offering all services, to make the NHS affordable, safe and able to deliver the desired standards — in that many are currently falling far short of offering high-quality care.
Although the NHS is on course to deliver the £20bn efficiency savings by 2015 through its reorganisation, this has had a knock-on effect elsewhere. Andy Burnham, shadow health secretary sais, ‘He [David Cameron] refused to listen and threw the entire system into chaos. The result has been three lost years in the NHS and billions wasted on back-office restructuring’.