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RCN calls on Chancellor to sustain NHS funding

Published: 24 August 2007

Commenting on today’s budget announcement, Dr Peter Carter, General Secretary of the Royal College of Nursing (RCN), said: “The RCN welcomes the Budget announcement that NHS spending will rise by £8 billion this year. However, we remain concerned that NHS spending is only guaranteed until 2008 and that investment levels are set to fall significantly after this date.

“The extra investment in our NHS over recent years has delivered real progress with waiting lists cut, waiting times down, public health improved and more frontline staff delivering faster care and better care to more patients. But, if spending is cut after 2008, the progress made could be progress lost.

“The RCN has consistently warned that the deficits crisis is already beginning to undermine the progress made over the last ten years. We therefore call on the Chancellor to use his forthcoming Comprehensive Spending Review as an opportunity to secure the long-term financial stability of our NHS. If Gordon Brown wants to maintain NHS progress then he must sustain NHS investment.”

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Royal College of Nursing (RCN) is the voice of nursing across the UK and is the largest professional union of nursing staff in the world. The RCN promotes the interest of nurses and patients on a wide range of issues and helps shape healthcare policy by working closely with the UK Government and other national and international institutions, trade unions, professional bodies and voluntary organisations.