MPs pile pressure on Theresa May over NHS after medics speak out

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11th January 2017

Theresa May is facing growing calls from MPs to address the “crisis” in health and social care funding, as more medical professionals highlight the intense pressures on the service.

MPs and medics have hit out at the Government over pressure on the service
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The Royal College of Nursing reported complaints of wards with double the number of patients they can hold, while the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) was told conditions are “the worst" they have been.

In a separate move, 50 leading doctors have written a letter to the Prime Minister warning that lives are being put at risk.

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A cross party group of Liberal Democrat, Labour and Conservative MPs highlighted the “widespread recognition that the NHS and the social care system are under unsustainable strain”.

They said a long-term solution which is “inclusive, open and urgent” was needed.

In a statement they said there awaits “an increasing catalogue of failures of care” and “very serious” consequences for vulnerable people if the Government does not take immediate action.

They add that more than a million elderly people are not receiving the social care and support that they need.

Among the signatories are Conservative former health minister Dan Poulter MP, Tory Health Select Committee Chair Sarah Wollaston, Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Norman Lamb and Labour former shadow care minister Liz Kendall.

'BOLD SOLUTIONS'

Mr Lamb said: “The public is sick and tired of the NHS and care system being treated like a political football. 

“People have had enough, and are crying out for an honest discussion and bold solutions to these challenges.

“It speaks volumes that so many Members of Parliament from across the political spectrum are backing this initiative."

Speaking to the BBC, Professor Jane Dacre, president of the RCP, said: "Our members tell me it is the worst it has ever been in terms of patients coming in during a 24-hour period and numbers of patients coming in when there are no beds to put them in.

"And there are patients within the hospital who can no longer get home because of the difficulties there are in placing people in social care."

A government spokesperson said: "We recognise the pressures of an ageing population which is why we recently announced almost £900m of additional funding for adult social care over the next two years.

"But as the prime minister has made clear, this is not solely about money.

"That is why we are working to find a long-term, sustainable solution which helps local authorities learn from each other to raise standards across the whole system."