Investment not wishful thinking is key to fixing the NHS

Government announcement is deflection from its health failures

Commenting on government plans intended to improve patient choice, UNISON head of health Helga Pile said today (Wednesday):

“Small-scale pilot schemes and wishful thinking are no solution to the huge problems facing the NHS.

“It’s not possible to magic up the extra trained staff and equipment needed to plug the gaping holes in the healthcare system caused by more than a decade of under-investment.

“Giving the illusion of more choice is cold comfort to patients who’ve been waiting far too long for treatment. It’s just another attempt to deflect from the government’s catalogue of failure on the NHS. The public won’t be fooled.”

Notes to editors:
– UNISON is the UK’s largest union with more than 1.3 million members providing public services in education, local government, the NHS, police service and energy. They are employed in the public, voluntary and private sectors.

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