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HCSA joins open letter call for urgent NHS funding

HCSA has joined 10 other professional associations and trade unions today to call for an urgent funding boost for the NHS.

The call, contained in an open letter, was made by HCSA alongside other signatories including the TUC, BMA, British Diatetic Association, Society of Radiographers, Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists, Royal College of Nursting, Royal College of Midwives, Unite the Union, GMB, Unison, and the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy.

In a statement, HCSA said: "The HCSA is extremely concerned at the impact on patients and staff of the current resource crisis within the NHS.

"This was widely predicted and had apparently prepared been for by the Department of Health and Social Care.

"Unfortunately, despite the many concerns raised by the medical profession on the impact of years of increasing pressures, increasing demands and inadequate financial provision, the measures taken this year have been woefully misjudged and inadequate.

"Financial pressures have resulted in excessive bed closures and inadequate staffing to meet patient demand within hospitals, and have reduced support within the community.

"The NHS continues to be underfunded, under resourced and understaffed.

"Despite this, the medical profession and allied healthcare professions continue to work tirelessly, despite unacceptable working conditions and at a cost to their own well-being.

"The NHS is not a political football - it is time for an urgent cross-party consensus on strategy for the immediate, mid-term and long-term.

"The HCSA urges all parties to support a an independent inquiry into the future funding, planning and governance of the NHS."