Commentating on the announcement today (Monday 18 June) that by 2023 the NHS will receive an additional £384 million a week, Unite the UK’s largest union has warned this is the bare minimum the service needs. 

Unite assistant general secretary Gail Cartmail said: “The NHS is suffering from years of underfunding and while the promised additional money is welcome it is the absolute minimum needed to begin tackling the funding crisis. 

“The increase in funding will partially offset the increased costs experienced by the NHS for the needless re-organisation forced on the service by the Conservatives. 

“There remains a real danger that this cash boost could be frittered away by the government’s mania in forcing the NHS to privatise parts of the service, which increases costs, reduces efficiencies and increases waiting times. 

“The additional funding will not resolve the growing problem of staffing shortages which are caused by a toxic combination of years of real term pay cuts, additional pressures being placed on workers and problems with recruiting new staff as a result of the UK leaving the EU. 

“While the government has announced additional funding for the NHS, it is still failing to tackle the social care crisis and unless there is an outbreak of joined up thinking then our health and social care services will continue to struggle. 

“The lack of funding for public health is a growing problem which the government simply can’t continue to ignore. Unless we invest in public health we are storing up long-term problems for the UK’s health, which will then eventually place further pressures on the NHS.” 

ENDS 

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For more information please contact Unite communications officer Barckley Sumner on 020 3371 2067 or 07802 329235. Email: barckley.sumner@unitetheunion.org 

Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with over 1.4 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.