Cameron warned NHS could collapse in five years

Jun 29, 2014

Leading Tories join calls for prime minister to increase health spending now

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Senior Tories are calling on David Cameron to significantly increase NHS spending after a former coalition health minister warned the service could collapse within five years.

Lib Dem Paul Burstow, who was minister of state for health, says he believes the NHS needs an extra £15bn from the Treasury over the next five years "if you don't want the system to collapse during the course of the next parliament".

Tory MP Sarah Wollaston, who was a GP for 20 years before becoming an MP in 2010, said: "If there is not an increase, it is hard to see how we could maintain current levels of service given the rising demand.”

Former Conservative health secretary Stephen Dorrell, said: "I am in favour of the government not denying what 5,000 years of history tells us is true, which is that every time a society gets richer it spends a rising share of its income on looking after the sick and the vulnerable.”

Meanwhile, the NHS has released grim new data. It says a record 299,031 patients arrived at A&E departments last week and A&E waiting time targets were missed for the 49th consecutive week.

Figures also show that a record number of beds were filled in May by patients who could not be discharged, often because community or social care services were not available.

The developments suggest that the NHS is set to be a key battleground at next year’s general election. Labour is keen to keep health at the centre of the campaign.

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Privatise the worst hospitals,this has been done previously and was a great success both in patient care and finance,unfortunately the tories are to scared to boast about the success and labour are terrified because it destroys their infantile arguements .The key to success was to dispose of all middle management who basically contribute nothing and are a massive drain on resources

Having just escaped from hospital, I saw for myself how many patients were physically fit for discharge, but stayed put because there was nowhere for them to go. Some were elderly/frail and waiting for assessment and placement, but there were many patients with psychological problems, who often posed a threat to staff, and hard drug addicts with nowhere to go. There is clearly a lack of social provision for difficult cases. Also there are unscrupulous relatives who dump their elderly parents in A&E and refuse to take them back. The NHS can't discharge vulnerable patients. They have become the repository for society's shortfalls.