Dr Chaand Nagpaul, Chair of the British Medical Association (BMA) Council, and Jeeves Wijesuriya, Chair of BMA Junior Doctors Committee, joined tens of thousands of demonstrators who marked in London at the weekend to mark the 70th anniversary of the NHS. The march was organised to show support for the NHS and to call for an end to Government cuts and further privatisation of the health service.
Speaking to the crowd, Dr Nagpaul said: “But we know the NHS has been systematically and scandalously starved for years.”
“It lacks doctors; it lacks nurses; it lacks beds. It’s not just the channel that separates us from our European neighbours but a vast funding gap equating to 35,000 hospital beds or 10,000 doctors,” he said.
He called for an end to competition rules in the NHS which waste billions of pounds of taxpayers’ cash on bureaucracy, outsourcing and other “futile transactions”.
He said that the extra £20 billion in NHS funding announced recently by the Prime Minister is a start but that it still left the UK trailing leading European nations.