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NHS faces £8billion crisis and cut in treatments as Tories ‘renege on pandemic vow’

Hospital chiefs worry they could be compelled to cut treatments if ministers fail to stump up the money they promised to cover the prices of Covid-19.

NHS trusts are dealing with an £8billion shortfall for the following six months.

And they are saying the Tories might renege on their vow to plug the hole and as an alternative “rob mainstream health budgets”, leaving some non-Covid care starved of money.

It comes after the Government proposed a below-inflation 1% employees pay rise – regardless of paperwork exhibiting it had earlier deliberate on a 2.1% enhance.

Chris Hopson, head of NHS Providers which represents trusts, mentioned: “There isn’t any settlement on the NHS 2021/22 funds, 24 days earlier than the monetary year begins.

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Chris Hopson expressed his considerations

“This is despite the Chancellor and Prime Minister’s assurances the NHS would get what it needs to fight Covid.

“Trusts are worried they may have to start planning cuts to frontline services from April 1 unless negotiations are concluded satisfactorily this week.

“The Government is clearly looking for other ways to meet those costs including robbing mainstream NHS budgets.”



A member of the clinical staff wears personal protective equipment (PPE) as they care for a patient at the Intensive Care unit at Royal Papworth Hospital in Cambridge, on May 5, 20
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He added: “The NHS still has 15 hospitals worth of Covid inpatients and critical care massively stretched.”

There are 4.5 million folks at the moment on ready lists, together with 224,000 who’ve been ready over a year, 150 occasions greater than earlier than the pandemic.

Health managers warned individually yesterday an extra six million folks needing treatments, such as hip replacements and cataract removals, may very well be on “hidden” ready lists.



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GP referrals plunged 30% final year, that means an estimated 5.9 million sufferers are but to return ahead. And practically half of these with most cancers “red-flag” signs haven’t but seen a GP.

Thousands extra coronary heart illness deaths are additionally feared after a 25% fall in prescriptions of key medication and a 44% fall in scans.

The check and hint system was given one other £15bn and Mr Hopson mentioned: “They need to do the same for the NHS.”

A Government spokeswoman mentioned: “We will give the NHS what it needs.”

Matt Hancock at this time ducked an pressing Commons question on the 1% pay provide, sending junior well being minister Helen Whately as an alternative.

Shadow Health Secretary Jon Ashworth mentioned: “I’m grateful for the minister however the place is the Secretary of State?

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