General Article Underfunded, underdoctored, overstretched: the NHS in 2016

Topic Selected: National Health Issues

The Royal College of Physicians (RCP) has long argued that we need to rethink the way we deliver healthcare: breaking down barriers between hospitals and the community, and working in partnership with patients to deliver joined-up care. To achieve this, we need a health service that is funded to meet the demands placed on it by our growing population.

‘The NHS budget has not kept pace with rising demand for services’

This report is the first of a series in our Mission: Health campaign which will be focused on three major themes – working for health, delivering health, and creating health. 

‘The UK does not train enough doctors. Hospital teams are feeling the pressure of staffing gaps’

Time for action

The NHS in 2016 is under-funded, under-doctored and overstretched. Patients and communities deserve to know the true choice that we face: increase funding or cut care. The RCP believes they deserve more than that: a

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