News of the Day ... In Perspective9/27/2005
Despite funding increases, British NHS to cut services
While the British government has invested unprecedented funding in the National Health Service—the budget of £76.4 billion is more than double the £34.7 billion figure of 1997-1998—NHS trusts are planning to close wards and lay off staff.
A survey by the British Medical Association (BMA) suggests that 385 of 530 primary care, acute, mental health, and community NHS trusts are facing deficits. More than a third of respondents (38%) said they intended to cut services. Bedfordshire Hospital NHS Trust is expected to make a 10% cut in elective surgeries.
One trust medical director said: “The whole of the health economy is in dire straits.” (Daily Telegraph 9/24/05)