Nurses' anger at NHS overspend

Nurses have reacted angrily to reports that the DoH is heading for a £1.8 billion underspend for 2007/8, and demanded that the cash is spent on frontline staff and services.

RCN director Tom Sandford said: ‘The DoH has a lot of explaining to do to both patients and healthcare workers.

‘How can they justify a record financial surplus of £1.8 billion when they’ve forced job losses and service cuts across the NHS over recent years?

‘This news comes at a time when nurses have had to take a paltry pay offer from a Government who are reliant upon the hard work and commitment of frontline staff to deliver reform. It is absolutely essential that every penny left over from this underspend is reinvested in frontline patient services and staff.’

The projected underspend, more than three times the value of the underspend for 2006/7, was calculated by the Health Service Journal.

nick.bostock@haymarket.com

Comment below and tell us what you think 

Have you registered with us yet?

Register now to enjoy more articles and free email bulletins

Register

Already registered?

Sign in

Follow Us:

Just published

Viewpoint: More trust and less red tape must define post-COVID GP world, says RCGP chair

Viewpoint: More trust and less red tape must define post-COVID GP world, says RCGP chair

A high-trust approach to regulating GPs has paid dividends during the COVID-19 pandemic,...

How our practice is supporting staff wellbeing during the pandemic

How our practice is supporting staff wellbeing during the pandemic

Dr Vasu Siva explains the steps her practice has taken to support staff to look after...

GPs to contact all children on shielding lists this summer

GPs to contact all children on shielding lists this summer

GP practices will be asked to contact thousands of children on shielding lists over...

Fever in adults - red flag symptoms

Fever in adults - red flag symptoms

Pyrexia in adults has a wide range of differential diagnoses. Dr Pipin Singh provides...

GMC to restart fitness to practise cases and PLAB tests within weeks

GMC to restart fitness to practise cases and PLAB tests within weeks

Fitness to practise cases paused during the coronavirus pandemic will restart this...

NHS England confirms plan to add practice managers to £20,000 golden hello scheme

NHS England confirms plan to add practice managers to £20,000 golden hello scheme

NHS England hopes to extend the £20,000 golden hello scheme for first-time partners...