Belfast Telegraph

Prognosis is poor for NHS, say the public

By Ella Pickover

The public are "increasingly concerned" about the future of the NHS, leading doctors have said ahead of their annual meeting in Belfast today.

The comments from the British Medical Association (BMA) come as a poll found that 78% of people in England claim they are "worried" about the future of the National Health Service.

More than half believe the NHS is going to get worse over the next few years. And the majority do not think the health service is getting enough money from Government.

Meanwhile 77% said that Government policies are leading to growing discontent across the NHS workforce.

A Department of Health spokeswoman said the NHS was performing well, despite the pressures of an ageing population, adding: "We are committed to delivering a safer seven-day NHS and have fully funded the NHS own plan for the future with an extra £10bn per year by 2020 to transform services."

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