Managers fear NHS faces £15bn shortfall

The NHS faces a funding shortfall of up to £15bn in the five years beyond 2011, according to the NHS Confederation.

The Confederation today launches a report on how PCTs will manage what it calls ‘the most severe contraction of funding the NHS is ever likely to face’.

With no extra cash beyond 2011, and rising costs, the NHS will need to plan for real-term funding cuts of between 2 to 3% a year, the report says.

Dealing with the Downturn predicts jobs losses and radical change are inevitable if the health service is to survive.

The NHS Confederation’s director of policy, Nigel Edwards, said difficult decisions lay ahead.

‘It is really important that the significant improvements that have been made in the NHS are not lost through short-term cuts and crude approaches to cost control,’ he said.  

tom.ireland@haymarket.com

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