NHS doctors write to Theresa May asking her to increase spending on health and social care

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A letter has been sent to the Prime Minister urging her to increase spending on health and social care. With signatures from around 2,000 NHS consultants, associated specialists and GPs, the letter strongly calls on the need for investment in the NHS.

Dr Rob Galloway, emergency consultant and Anita Sugavanam, consultant anaesthetist from Brighton and Sussex University Hospital NHS Trust, organised the letter. They said they hoped they would “never have to write” but that they “are constantly failing to meet our own and our patients expectations. We feel handcuffed and paralysed working in this current NHS”.

The letter asks for the Prime Minister to increase spending and to ring-fence budgets for social care and the NHS.

A spokesman for the Department of Health said:-

“We are committed to the NHS – that’s why we have invested £10 billion in its own plan to transform services and improve standards of care, and recently announced almost £900 million of extra funding for adult social care over the next two years to tackle the pressures of our aging population.

“Furthermore, the NHS is now carrying out record numbers of treatments, with more doctors and nurses providing safer, more personal care than ever before.”

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