Responding to the NHS Improvement report on the performance of the NHS in England in 2017-18 published today (Thursday), UNISON deputy head of health Helga Pile said:
“Under pressure, underfunded and understaffed – the NHS is caught between a rock and a hard place.
“While the number of people using the NHS has sky rocketed, staff vacancies are at record levels and funding remains elusive.
“Last year’s NHS overspend shows that a sustained funding squeeze doesn’t work. Staff are placed in an impossible position where they’re asked to do more with less, and the books simply don’t balance.
“The government needs to stop dithering and in-fighting, and commit to the funding increases that the NHS so desperately needs.”