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Response to Government's increase in NHS funding

Response to Government’s increase in NHS funding

Responding to the Government’s announcement of increased funding for the NHS, the College of Podiatry CEO Steve Jamieson said, ‘We of course welcome any increase in funding for the NHS; however we are concerned that following 8 years of austerity which has affected the NHS workforce and staff morale, the proposed extra resources by 2023/24, may be insufficient to cope with the ever increasing numbers of patients with complications from long term conditions.

‘It is vital that this money is used appropriately to harness preventative Podiatry services to provide integrated care across primary care, community health services, acute care and social care. Podiatrists routinely prevent and manage foot problems, relieve pain, treat infection and support foot irregularities, thereby improving health outcomes for the population.

‘An increase of £20.5bn funding for NHS England is around an increase of 3.4 per cent, which falls short of the requested 4 per cent, and is less than the average 3.7 per cent rise the NHS has had since its inception in 1948. Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland need guarantees that there will be equity of funding for health and social care services in the devolved nations. 

‘Our members routinely alleviate complications of diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, peripheral arterial disease and musculoskeletal conditions to keep people of all ages mobile and active, thereby helping to fight against the obesity and diabetes epidemic.’

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