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RCP responds to Budget and Comprehensive Spending Review announcements

The RCP has responded to the chancellor’s Budget and Comprehensive Spending Review.

In response to today’s Budget and Comprehensive Spending Review announcements, Dr Andrew Goddard, president of the Royal College of Physicians, said:

“We welcome confirmation from the Chancellor that the NHS will receive an additional £5.9 billion in capital funding. This will include much needed investment in diagnostic facilities and IT capacity, which will support efforts to tackle the backlog of care.

“But it’s no good having new equipment if there aren’t enough skilled staff to make use of it. The size of the NHS workforce is one of the biggest limiting factors on our ability to get services back on track. To make the most of this new funding we need enough staff to conduct tests and deliver treatment, which is why we’re disappointed that the government didn’t take the opportunity to significantly increase the number of medical school places.

“It is vital that we build a sustainable NHS workforce so that we have the doctors, nurses, physician associates and other clinicians we need to meet future patient demand. The upcoming health and care bill provides a major opportunity to improve workforce planning, if it is amended to ensure that the government regularly publishes independently verified assessments of current and future workforce numbers."