NHS funding must increase - doctors
The next government must increase NHS funding to avoid a financial crisis, leading doctors have warned.
The Royal College of Physicians (RCP) said that hospitals are "under-resourced and under pressure" adding that a "crisis in care can only be avoided by a significant increase in health funding".
Ahead of the party conferences, the RCP also urged MPs to pledge not to perform another top-down reorganisation of the health service.
Following the last election, the Government moved forward with its widely-criticised plans to reform the health service. The controversial Health and Social Care Act came into force in April last year changing many of the structures in the health service.
The College also challenged politicians to commit to a "free at the point of delivery" health service ahead of the next election.
"The NHS has suffered badly from the instability caused by constant reorganisation, and funding policies that have made it harder for hospitals, GPs and community services to work together to improve patient care," said RCP president Professor Jane Dacre.
" The next government must commit to a long-term vision that brings joined-up care to patients wherever they are.
"They must also increase funding quickly to safeguard the NHS from an impending financial crisis, and reassure the public that the NHS will remain free at the point of delivery."