A former NHS consultant on funding shortages, Jean Jackson on the young doctors under pressure, and Mike Allott on a cross-party approach to funding and best practice
I agree with medical student Julia Simons wholeheartedly regarding funding for the NHS (I couldn’t stay silent when Johnson visited my hospital, Journal, 5 November).
I retired from my position as a consultant in a major London hospital in 2002; for many years prior to my retirement I was aware of the lack of funding for the NHS, whichever government was in power. Each year, usually just after Christmas, we were told that we were overspent and that measures must be taken, such as closing wards, or no longer employing agency nurses or locum doctors. Patients were made to suffer through ward closures and increasing staff shortages.
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