Nurses argue NHS surplus must be reinvested

The £1.7bn NHS surplus must be spent on improving patient care, according to the Royal College of Nursing (RCN).

The college was commenting on the Public Accounts Committee finding that the NHS generated a £1.7bn surplus in 2007/8.

Janet Davies, the RCN’s executive director of nursing and service delivery, said: ‘It is absolutely vital that this surplus goes straight to frontline services. A £1.7bn surplus is £1.7bn which must be spent on improving patient care and the government must make clear how it plans to use this money.

‘It is particularly important that NHS spending is sustained throughout the economic downturn, and that funding intended for patient care does not get siphoned off elsewhere. During an economic downturn, many people are under additional pressure which can damage their mental and physical health. The NHS must be fit to deal with this.’

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