More funding needed to tackle NHS staffing gaps, says UNISON

New cash will begin to address years of underfunding but more is desperately needed

Responding to Boris Johnson’s announcement about extra NHS funding amounting to £1.8 billion, UNISON head of health Sara Gorton said:

“Extra cash for a chronically underfunded system is welcome but it’s tied to upgrading hospital buildings and will only cover a fraction of what needs doing after a decade of neglect. Nothing has been promised to tackle the gaping holes in staffing.

“We wait expectantly for urgently needed money in the next budget to plug the gaps that will be identified in the forthcoming NHS people plan.”

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