Thursday, 18 May 2017

General practice 'on brink of collapse', warns leading doctor

The NHS has been paralysed by Brexit and general practice is on the "brink of collapse", a leading doctor has said.
Dr Chaand Nagpaul, chairman of the British Medical Association's GP committee, depicts a bleak portrayal of practices, saying they are understaffed to the point of becoming "frighteningly vulnerable".

Speaking at an annual medical conference, he will also accuse politicians of turning a blind eye to the needs of the health and social care systems in England.

"Since we last met a year ago, the NHS has been paralysed by the vote for the UK to leave the European Union," he will say.

"Far from the pledged investment of an extra £350m per week, audaciously plastered on double decker buses, the reality is we've been cheated with the opposite: a deep freeze in NHS spend, continued savage austerity cuts and with politicians turning a blind eye to the spiralling pressures affecting the entire health and social care system."

He called on the Government to increase NHS funding, saying the only real solution can be a political one.
And he urged politicians to end what he called "their callous disregard of the health needs of citizens in an NHS that shamefully trails Europe in its funding, numbers of doctors and infrastructure".

SKY     News.