Any continuing cuts in NHS funding will most likely result in more clinical negligence claims. I deal with these claims exclusively. The majority of claims I have investigated are a direct result of inadequate funding and staff levels.
More staff means more patient contact, greater understanding of the issues at hand, and better decisions on the treatment. More staff also gets that treatment happening more quickly and less patients being lost in the system.
Earlier this year the Chancellor unveiled plans to cut the £2.8bn public health budget by £200m from January.The pot is held by councils so is not covered by the government's promise to protect the health service.But doctors, nurses and other senior health officials say the money is vital to relieving pressure on the wider NHS.A total of 11 groups, including the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, Royal College of Nursing, NHS Confederation and Faculty of Public Health, have put their names to a letter to George Osborne asking him to reconsider the plans.