The Green Party have slammed the way that the government's poor financial planning and under funding of the NHS will make patient care suffer (1). The NHS is in its worst financial crisis ever, facing a £1.2 billion overspend this year after unfunded pay awards and ill thought out targets.
Green Party Health Spokesperson Stuart Jeffery said: "The complete lack of sensible financial planning by this government has left the NHS is an appalling cash crisis which is threatening patient care. This government has managed to spend in excess of £3 billion pounds (2) on an illegal war in Iraq, yet has been unable to pay for the health care of its own people. Not only has the government been instrumental in the deaths of innocent Iraqis, its actions are now threatening our own health care directly."
He continued: "This government has put into place much needed pay reform without providing the pay - financial madness which is leading to redundancies and ward closures. The government's response to the financial meltdown is to restructure the NHS and send in teams of management consultants, both at further huge financial cost to the NHS. The government must rethink its priorities from waging war on both Iraq and the NHS to supporting both Iraq and the NHS."