BMA calls for 'honest' debate on what the NHS can afford

The government in Scotland should lead an 'honest and open' debate about what the NHS can afford, according to the BMA.

Dr Keighley: Scottish government committed to protect NHS funding
Dr Keighley: Scottish government committed to protect NHS funding

Speaking at the BMA’s Annual Representatives Meeting (ARM) in Brighton on Monday, BMA Scotland chairman Dr Brian Keighley said: 'While Scotland may be taking a different approach to health policy to England, we are no less vulnerable than our colleagues elsewhere in the UK to the impact of the public spending squeeze.

'The Scottish government has given a commitment to protect NHS funding, but nevertheless we face testing times ahead. We recognise that a number of difficult questions will need to be asked of the NHS over the next few years.

'BMA Scotland therefore calls on the Scottish government to lead an honest and open debate on what the NHS can and cannot afford, with a focus protecting its core functions and maintaining quality of care and patient safety.'

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