UNISON comments on latest NHS deficit figures

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Commenting on the latest NHS deficit figures published today (Friday), UNISON General Secretary Dave Prentis said: “These new figures confirm the full extent of the financial misery and chaos in the NHS. And the government’s reckless spending cuts are entirely to blame.

“It was always ludicrous to expect the NHS to make £22bn worth of savings. Three quarters of NHS trusts are now in deficit.

“Without extra cash, waiting lists will continue to rocket, waiting times will grow, treatment will be rationed, and there simply won’t be enough staff to provide safe and dignified care for everyone who needs it.

“There is a criminal shortage of medical and nursing staff that has led to a huge increase in the use of agency staff, costing the NHS billions it can ill afford.

“The government must invest substantial resources in more staff, extra training and start properly paying health workers or the NHS is at serious risk of collapse.”