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With the winter crisis upon us we need better funding of the NHS

05 January, 2018

• WITH the winter crisis now officially recognised as crippling the National Health Service at the beginning of the new year, here in City of Westminster we already had major issues with the service as you reported before the festive break (Urgent care centre ‘inadequate’, December 22).

The Care and Quality Commission ordered “special measures” at a privately-run unit after inspections as the urgent care centre was deemed “inadequate” at St Mary’s Paddington.

And you reported that a research scientist’s death in 2011 could have been prevented, according to the Health and Safety Executive, and that Chelsea & Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and Imperial College were fined tens of thousands of pounds for breaches of health and safety law.

We can now expect tens of thousands of minor operations postponed; patients put in mixed wards and senior doctors manning the doors at A&E
to turn away the non-urgent cases. Clearly the additional £2billion-odd from the last Budget is not enough to get us through the winter.

We need to move to comparable funding in Europe which would probably mean up to another 1 per cent of GNP spent on the NHS. In the meantime local residents will have to wait for their minor operations longer and not rely on the A&E services, till the spring at least now.

MURAD QURESHI
@MuradQureshiLDN
www.muradqureshi.com

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