The NHS Confederation has launched a petition urging the government to commit to a funding plan for health and social care to 2035, to help address “crippling effects” of rising demand, underfunding and workforce shortages.
The group is hoping that the pubic petition will get enough signatures (at least 100,000) to secure debate of the issue in Parliament, and says the move follows “repeated warnings” that health and social care services are “gradually becoming unsustainable”.
“The NHS is facing a funding and workforce crisis which means the next decade must be very different from the last,” said NHS Confederation chief executive Niall Dickson.
“Any long-term funding settlement must bring health and care together and move away from short-term cash injections that do not enable transformation.”
The move comes after the Prime Minister touched on plans for a multi-year settlement and long-term plan for the NHS back in March, but gave no further detail, including whether or not it would include social care.
“Without action, our health and care system will continue to deteriorate; millions will wait, more will suffer and some will die. It is now clear that the cries for more funding are unequivocal,” Dickson warned.
Back in January the Confederation said it had tasked the Institute for Fiscal Studies and the Health Foundation with analysing the funding needs of the UK’s health and care systems over the next 15 years.
Findings of the study are to be published in the next few weeks, it noted.