Don’t neglect the NHS in June election, warns BMA

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Following the Prime Minister’s announcement of a snap general election on 8 June, the BMA has warned politicians not to marginalize the NHS.  

BMA Council Chair, Dr Mark Porter, has raised concerns that the NHS crisis will be ‘pushed to the margins’ during the June election as politicians focus on Brexit. 

‘Health is always one of the most important issues for the people of this country and with the NHS at breaking point, having been put through one of the worst winters on record, it must be a central issue in the upcoming election,’ he said.

‘The NHS must not be pushed to the margins in the focus on Brexit.’ 

He continued: ‘Staff have ensured that we still have one of the best health services in the world, but years of underinvestment while patient demand has been rising means that it is now failing too many people, too often.

‘...There are crippling funding and staffing shortages undermining the delivery of safe care, and serious question marks over the future of thousands of EU citizens who are a vital part of the NHS.’

He went on to accuse consecutive governments of being ‘in denial’ about the NHS, and urged politicians to tackle the ongoing crisis.

‘...when it comes to elections [consecutive governments] have chosen to use [the NHS] as a political football...We call on politicians of all parties not to duck this crisis any longer, and instead to outline credible and sustainable plans that will safeguard the future of the fully funded and supported NHS that staff want and patients deserve.’