Paul Briddock, the Healthcare Financial Management Association’s (HFMA) director of policy, has branded the Autumn Statement made on November 23 as ‘disappointing’ in a time of unprecedented challenges for the NHS.
Briddock said on November 24: “Like many others, we were disappointed to see the NHS overlooked in the Autumn Statement. In a time of unprecedented challenges for the health service, it’s a shame that no new financial injections were unveiled by the Chancellor.
“There are many areas that require support at this time, but perhaps the hardest hit – and most in need – is that of social care. With the increase in the living wage, costs are starting to mount for social care providers, and without further financial provisions they will find it even harder In turn, this has a knock on effect for the NHS as a whole to reduce the deficit and balance the books.”
Considered ‘the voice’ of two-thirds of NHS finance staff, HFMA’s membership includes: directors of finance, CEOs, practice managers and practitioners.
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