Years of decline in care causes healthcare turmoil

Posted on 24 May 2022

The House of Commons Public Accounts Committee reported that the pandemic

only escalated the problems that were already present way before the virus hit the

country in 2020. They say that services had started declining when targets were not

being met in 2016, since then it has only gotten worse with the strain on the NHS.

MPs have already warned that members of the public will see severe delays in

treatments for cancer, subsequently causing serious health consequences because

of this, with some dying earlier. There are also accusations that the government

have been failing to acknowledge the vacancy problem within the NHS, the

significant lack of healthcare members remains a problem for the industry.

Dame Meg Hillier, who chairs the PAC, said: "The Department for Health and Social

Care has overseen a long-term decline that is dragging our NHS and the heroic staff

down." And she was extremely concerned" there was still no real plan to tackle the


However, last month, the government stated that there is in fact a recovery plan,

which will see an extra £8 billion being invested over the next 3 years, which

ministers said would see 30% more patients treated.

Crucial to this will be the formation of the 160-community diagnostic centre network,

along with surgical hubs focused on high-volume routine surgery away from major

hospital locations - set to increase efficiency and reduce the chance of emergency

cases leading to cancellations.

The Department for Health and Social Care continues to defend the industry, saying

it has been investing more and more money into services throughout the period and

this new plan should have a real impact on the situation.​

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