It is notable and welcomed that Simon Stevens its looking to increase NHS funding now rather than later. Ask any clinical negligence lawyer what the root cause of any medical mistake is, and lack of funding will always be lurking in the corner looking guilty. If there are fewer doctors and medical staff available, essential tests not completed, and vital operations delayed, funding could solve all these issues.
Saving tax money now, on what the medical profession deems necessary, only increases future costs to the NHS. Medical problems become harder to treat but also it is inevitable that the public will justifiably want compensation for the delays and pain caused. If someone cant work because of funding cuts, they will still need to meet the bills we all face, if someone dies and a family breadwinner is lost, the future of the family is in jeopardy.
Incvesting in the core and essential services of the NHS will only reduce additional costs at a later on, which then will truly reduce the overall burden to the tax payer, and make one of the the best public health systems in the world, even better.
The chief executive of NHS England, Simon Stevens, has said the government spending review may leave the health service without a workable funding settlement... .. Stevens said the increase must be front-loaded, with sufficient funding at the beginning of the parliament, to help manage current pressures and facilitate redesign of the service. government. Stevens’s intervention is notable because it is the first time that he has made the argument for greater NHS funding as soon as possible in such a public way and before such a key government announcement. It is thought to reflect acute concern among NHS England’s top brass that Osborne will give the NHS far less than the amount they think they need to keep the service working.