Niall Dickson: The King's Fund report reinforces difficulty of transforming services when budgets are tight

Niall Dickson

Responding to The King’s Fund’s report 'Understanding NHS financial pressures', Niall Dickson, Chief Executive of the NHS Confederation, which represents health service organisations across England, Wales and Northern Ireland, said:

“This report reinforces how difficult it is to transform services when budgets are so tight. There is simply not enough money to meet existing demand, never mind build up the new community services needed to create a sustainable system.

“The system is under enormous pressure and it is becoming increasingly evident that in some places care is not as good or as quick as it once was.

“Staff are continuing to ‘just about cope’ but the stress they are now under will eventually have an impact on patients.

“New money for STPs announced in the budget is welcome, but no one should underestimate the size of the challenge - the NHS and local government need to find new ways of working together, which embrace prevention and help keep people healthy.”

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