BMA: government has ‘callous disregard’ for NHS

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The government is guilty of ‘callous disregard’ for the NHS and should plug the ‘enormous’ funding gap, the leader of the BMA’s GP committee has said.

Speaking to the 2017 Local Medical Communities conference in Edinburgh, Dr Chaand Nagpaul, Chairman of the British Medical Association’s (BMA) GP committee, said the government is ‘turning a blind eye to the spiralling pressures’ affecting the health service.

He said that politicians must ‘end their callous disregard for the health needs of citizens’, adding that the mounting workloads and staff shortages have left practices ‘frighteningly vulnerable’.

Dr Nagpaul said: ‘Far from the pledged investment of an extra £350 million 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 added that general practice was on the ‘brink of collapse’, with 1 in 10 practices saying they we...